Jordan Morris returns to action for the Seattle Sounders in “special moments”

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After nearly nine months on the sidelines, Jordan Morris finally returned to the field during the Seattle Sounders’ 1-1 draw against LA Galaxy on Monday night.

The American national team player has been away since February with an ACL injury that he suffered during a loan deal with the English Championship club Swansea City.

But Morris has been ahead of schedule with his recovery and after attending full training sessions in recent weeks, he was considered fit enough for 30 minutes from the bench on Monday. Of course, the 27-year-old received an exciting reception, while he was also congratulated by LA Galaxy midfielder and USMNT teammate Sebastian Lletget as he entered the match.

“It was a special moment,” Morris said of the reaction from the Lumen Field audience (via the Seattle Times).

It’s all about small steps towards being completely match-fit for Morris now and, predictably, it was a generally quiet night for the outside. However, he managed to create a chance and made a slippery tackle – the latter a particularly satisfying moment for Morris, who is only grateful to be back on the field again.

“Maybe I did a sliding tackle, I do not think I have done one yet, so it was a good ‘you’re back’ moment,” he added. “I felt like my speed was there and obviously, touch and fitness will come when I play more games. It just felt good to get out again.”

Seattle’s own. @ JmoSmooth13 makes its 2021 debut! ? #SoundersMatchday | #SEAVLA pic.twitter.com/4zGP6GTesy

– Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) November 2, 2021

Morris’ return could not have come at a better time for the Sounders, who endure an unbeaten five games ahead of the MLS Cup playoffs. Yttern has a fantastic record after the season with six goals and two assists in 16 games, which helps Seattle to MLS Cup titles in 2016 and 2019, and second in 2020.

Brian Schmetzer was also strengthened by the return of key player Nico Lodeiro and goal scorer Raul Ruidiaz. Seattle face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Decision Day and will be keen to end the regular season with a win, restoring some confidence ahead of the playoffs.

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