Major League Soccer announced Tuesday that Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris has been named its comeback player of the year.
After missing the ensire 2018 season due to a torn ACL, the 24-year-old Seattle native and Sounders FC Academy product has enjoyed a resurgent year for club and country.
Morris record 10 goals and a career-high seven assists during the regular season. For the U.S. men’s national team, Morris has played in 12 matches, recording two goals and a team-high five assists.
His goalscoring and assist totals ranked second on Seattle’s scoring charts during the regular season as he helped propel the club toward an MLS-record 11th consecutive trip to the MLS Cup Playoffs.
During his final 10 starts of the regular season, Morris garnered six goals and five assists. His seven assists also tied for first among U.S.-born players this season. He is the third Sounders FC player to earn the comeback honor, joining Clint Dempsey (2017) and Eddie Johnson (2012).
Morris set the tone early this year when he scored two goals in the club’s opener against FC Cincinnati March 2 – his first MLS appearance in 18 months – to earn MLS player of the week honors.
In Round One of the playoffs, Morris became the fifth player in MLS history to tally a postseason hat-trick to lead Seattle past FC Dallas, 4-3, Saturday. No. 2 Seattle hosts No. 3 Real Salt Lake Wednesday in the Western Conference semifinals (10 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / TSN / TVA Sports).
In international competition, Morris tied a USMNT record when he assisted three goals – and added a goal of his own – in one half in the 7-0 victory over Cuba Oct. 11 in the Concacaf National League. Morris’ assists feat is shared with two former MLS players in National Soccer Hall of Fame midfielder Cobi Jones (1993 against New Zealand) and Landon Donovan (2009 against Trinidad & Tobago; 2013 against El Salvador).
The comeback player of the year award was voted on by MLS club technical staff, media and current MLS players. Below is a breakdown of the voting results:
|Comeback Player of the Year||Player %||Club %||Media %||Final %|
|Jordan Morris (SEA)||21.58%||30.69%||32.43%||28.23%|
|Mark-Anthony Kaye (LAFC)||24.32%||21.78%||27.41%||24.50%|
|Kacper Przybylko (PHI)||6.51%||8.91%||9.65%||8.36%|
|Chris Odoi-Atsem (DC)||9.59%||0.99%||8.11%||6.23%|
|Pedro Santos (CLB)||5.14%||6.93%||2.32%||4.79%|
|Ethan Finlay (MIN)||4.45%||6.93%||1.16%||4.18%|
MLS Comeback Player of the Year Winners:
2019: Jordan Morris – Seattle Sounders FC
2018: Gyasi Zardes – Columbus Crew SC
2017: Clint Dempsey – Seattle Sounders FC
2016: Chris Pontius – Philadelphia Union
2015: Tim Melia – Sporting Kansas City
2014: Rodney Wallace – Portland Timbers
2013: Kevin Alston – New England Revolution
2012: Eddie Johnson – Seattle Sounders FC
2011: David Beckham – LA Galaxy
2010: Bobby Convey – San Jose Earthquakes
2009: Zach Thornton – Chivas USA
2008: Kenny Cooper – FC Dallas
2007: Eddie Johnson – Kansas City Wizards
2006: Richard Mulrooney – FC Dallas
2005: Chris Klein – Kansas City Wizards
2004: Brian Ching – San Jose Earthquakes
2003: Chris Armas – Chicago Fire
2002: Chris Klein – Kansas City Wizards
2001: Troy Dayak – San Jose Earthquakes
2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards