Stanford men's soccer team without Morris this weekend


The No. 15 Stanford men's soccer team will be without the services of sophomore forward Jordan Morris this weekend, as he is part of the 21-player roster for the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team's October camp in Brasilia.

The group, which is beginning its early preparations for qualification toward the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, departs on Thursday.

Morris will miss Stanford's home matches against San Diego State (Thursday, 6 p.m.) and No. 2 UCLA (Sunday, 5 p.m.). Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

The USA team, meanwhile, will train from Friday through Sunday before facing Brazil's U-23 national team on Monday.

"This is another fantastic honor for Jordan," Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn said. "Naturally, he's desperate to be here this weekend, but playing for one's country is a special opportunity. We're excited for him to go and represent Stanford on a different field."

Morris has started all eight games in which he's played this season for Stanford, tallying two goals and a team-high tying four assists. He's averaging a point per game and is 23rd in the nation in assists (0.50/game).

Earlier this season, Morris missed Stanford's match at Omaha (Aug. 31) due to duties with the U.S. Men's National Team. He was among 22 players called into camp by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the Sept. 3 friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague.

Morris was with the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team at its five-day camp from Aug. 3-7 in Nassau, Bahamas. That trip featured a match against the Bahamas Senior National Team on Aug. 6, a 5-1 U.S. win in which Morris' header in the 58th minute broke a 1-1 deadlock and propelled his country to victory.

The Mercer Island, Wash. native, who was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-17/18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy, also earned three caps with the U-20 side at the Toulon Tournament in France in early June 2013 that summer.

— Stanford Athletics

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