Stanford sophomore Jordan Morris is among 18 players named to the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team roster for its five-day camp that began Sunday in Nassau, Bahamas. The camp will also feature a game against the Bahamas Senior National Team on Wednesday at the Thompson A. Robinson National Stadium.
This camp is part of the USA's continuing effort to focus early on the qualification process for the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place in Rio de Janeiro.
"We are very excited for Jordan," said Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn, the 2011 NSCAA National Coach of the Year. "It is a great honor for him and another rung up the international ladder. He has had a tremendous year, always continuing to grow, and taking each opportunity in his stride. He has a terrific temperament to accompany his playing ability, and so we know he can blossom on that stage."
"The chance to get this group of players together and get ahead of the curve in preparation for Olympic Qualifying in two years' time is huge," said U.S. Soccer Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann. "We began with the U-21 camp in April, and now it's critical that we have as many camps and games as possible so we can build a deep pool of talent that can qualify for Brazil. The Olympics are an important opportunity for young players, and we have to capitalize on it. We also want to give a big thanks the Bahamas Football Association for hosting us."
Morris lived up to his top billing as a freshman last season, earning All-Pac-12 first team honors as well as Top Drawer Soccer's Freshman Top XI team. He also garnered NSCAA All-Far West Region third team accolades.
The Mercer Island, Wash. native led all Pac-12 freshmen in assists (seven) and points (19) while finishing second with six goals. His six goals and 19 points were also second on the Cardinal while his seven assists paced the squad.
Morris helped Stanford to a 10-7-4 overall record in 2013 and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009. Stanford reached the Round of 16 before falling to No. 2 seed Washington, 1-0.
After a pair of home exhibitions against Cal State Bakersfield (Aug. 19) and Saint Mary's (Aug. 23), Stanford opens its 2014 campaign on the Great Plains, traveling to Omaha for weekend matches at Creighton (Aug. 29) and Nebraska-Omaha (Aug. 31).
Brooke Eubanks, an assistant coach for the Stanford lacrosse team for the past six seasons, has left to become head coach at the University of California.
Eubanks arrived at Stanford with head coach Amy Bokker in the fall of 2008, having worked together at George Mason. She helped the Cardinal to an 81-34 record and four NCAA tournament appearances during her time on The Farm.
Eubanks becomes the third Stanford assistant under Bokker to earn an NCAA Division I head coaching position. She follows Jaime Sellers of Coastal Carolina and Lauren Schwarzmann, who recently took over at Mount St. Mary's.