Jordan Morris scored twice in Seattle’s win. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
NEW YORK – Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week for the opening week of the season.
Morris started the match on the bench but came on at halftime to score two goals in Seattle’s 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire FC at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, ensuring the defending MLS Cup winner’s championship celebration was not spoiled.
The 25-year-old forward recorded his second career MLS brace on opening day, one of four players in League history to accomplish the feat twice, and first to do so in back-to-back years. Morris is tied for the league lead with two goals, while Seattle sits tied atop the Western Conference standings with three points.
After falling behind in the opening minute of the second half, Seattle pulled even in the 62nd minute when Morris finished a Cristian Roldan cross with a right-footed toe poke directly in front of goal to put the ball into the back of the net (watch goal).
The U.S. men’s national team star gave Sounders FC a 2-1 advantage in the third minute of second-half stoppage-time to complete the comeback and cement a victory. Cristian Roldan headed the ball towards the far post off a corner kick, and Morris redirected the ball into goal with a header of his own for his second goal of the match (watch goal).
Seattle returns to action on Saturday, hosting Columbus Crew SC (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+).
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.