Morris helps Sounders win Concacaf Champions League crown

Former MIHS star plays key role during match.

Mercer Island native Jordan Morris helped set up two of Seattle Sounders FC’s goals in the club’s historic 3-0 victory over Pumas UNAM on May 4 in front of a jam packed Lumen Field in Seattle.

The former Mercer Island High School soccer star joined his Seattle teammates in becoming the first Major League Soccer squad to notch the Concacaf Champions League title with the Leg 2 victory. Overall, the Sounders won 5-2 on aggregate over their Liga MX opponent.

With 68,741 fans watching — the most ever for a Concacaf Champions League match — Raúl Ruidíaz tallied his first goal of the evening in the 45th minute, and then Morris pitched in on the final two netters with his swift and powerful feet and stellar field vision.

In a brilliant sequence in the 80th minute, Morris received a pass from Alex Roldan, fired the ball to Nicolás Lodeiro, who fed Ruidíaz for a blast into the back of the net.

Eight minutes later, Morris hammered a shot off the hands of a diving Alfredo Talavera that ricocheted off the far post and Lodeiro cracked the rebound home for the final goal.

By securing the title, the Sounders become the first MLS team to represent the United States and Canada at the FIFA Club World Cup.

In a video interview on the Sounders’ site two days before the match, Morris noted about the massive crowd that would file into Lumen Field: “It’s amazing. It means everything. We have the best fans in the league.”

And when the ball is kicked into play, Morris continued: “We’re really lucky with the talent that we have, and the depth that we have, and we know everyone’s going to play a really important role in the game Wednesday.”

That’s exactly what transpired on the Lumen Field pitch as the Sounders finished the night hoisting the championship trophy.