After almost nine months on the sidelines, Jordan Morris finally returned to the field during the Seattle Sounders’ 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy on Monday evening.
The United States international has been out since February with an ACL injury suffered during a loan spell with English Championship club Swansea City.
But Morris has been ahead of schedule with his recovery and after taking part in full training sessions over the last couple of weeks, was deemed fit enough for 30 minutes from the bench on Monday. Naturally, the 27-year-old was given a rousing reception, while he was also congratulated by LA Galaxy midfielder and USMNT teammate Sebastian Lletget as he entered the game.
“That was a special moment,” Morris said of the reaction from the Lumen Field crowd (via the Seattle Times).
It’s all about small steps toward being fully match-fit for Morris now and, predictably, it was a generally quiet night for the winger. However, he did manage to create one chance and made a slide tackle – the latter a particularly satisfying moment for Morris, who is just thankful to be back out on the field again.
“I did maybe one slide tackle, I don’t think I’ve done one yet, so, that was a good ‘you’re back’ moment,” he added. “I felt like my speed was there and obviously, the touches and fitness will come as I play more games. It just felt good to get back out there.”
Morris’ return couldn’t have come at a better time for the Sounders, who are enduring a five-game winless run ahead of the MLS Cup Playoffs. The winger has a great record in the post-season with six goals and two assists in 16 appearances, helping Seattle to MLS Cup titles in 2016 and 2019, as well as runner-up in 2020.
Brian Schmetzer was also boosted by the returns of key playmaker Nico Lodeiro and top scorer Raul Ruidiaz. Seattle face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Decision Day and will be keen to end the regular season with a win, restoring some confidence ahead of the Playoffs.