USMNT standout Jordan Morris could become highest-paid Homegrown player in MLS history

He’s already tackled college and international football, and now the Stanford University standout will have the opportunity to try his hand on the professional level.

On Wednesday, Seattle Sounders FC President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey announced that the Cascadia club has offered USMNT forward Jordan Morris the richest Homegrown contract in Major League Soccer history. The goal for Lagerwey and the Sounders would to have Morris join Seattle, whom he previously represented for three years at the youth level, at the conclusion of his junior NCAA season with the Cardinal.

The announcement was media via media call, one day after Morris’ USMNT drew 0-0 against Trinidad & Tobago, despite the 21-year old not appearing off of the bench. Morris is in a very unique position, already playing on the world’s biggest stage, international football, but not having signed a professional contract.

Seattle is looking to change that truth very soon.

“It’s up to Jordan,” Lagerwey said. “Jordan will come out when he wants to come out, and he’ll go where he wants to go. We hope he signs with us, but it’s out of our control.”

The creator of, Shawn Francis, tweeted out the particulars of the contract extended out to Morris.

As of Sept. 2015, the MLS Players Union’s most recent contract terms released has Los Angeles Galaxy attacker Gyasi Zardes as the highest-paid Homegrown Player in the league. Zardes, who was also recently called up to the USMNT for the team’s two World Cup qualifying fixtures, was set to make $150,000 in base salary for the 2015 season.

Morris and his nationally ranked Stanford Cardinal side will begin its pursuit for an NCAA tournament crown on Nov. 22 in the second round of the 2015 College Cup. Stanford will face either Cal State Fullerton or Santa Clara.