Jordan Morris, winner of the 2015 MAC Hermann Award, with parents Mrs. Leslie Morris and Dr. Michael Morris.
(Jan 9, 2016) Every year since 1967 the Hermann Trophy has been awarded to the men's college soccer player deemed best in the country. (For women, it has been since 1988.) Indeed, the Hermann Trophy is the highest individual honor for a college soccer player, and the award for the 2015 fall college season went last night to Eastside FC's own Jordan Morris, a junior and leading goal-scorer at Stanford, who helped the Standford Cardinal take the Division I men's championship title this year. For his role, Morris had beem named Pac 12 Player of the Year. Prior to Stanford, Morris spent a year playing in the Sounders' Development Academy, which he joined just after wrapping up his U17 season with Eastside FC's B94 Red team.
Past winners of the MAC Hermann Trophy include Darlington Nagbe, Claudio Reyna, Brad Friedel, and Alexi Lalas. (See more past winners on the NSCAA site linked here.) Morris is the first player from Washington ever to receive the award, and indeed, the first from the Pacific Northwest. Morris hails from Mercer Island, where he played for Mercer Island High School.
Jordan Morris proudly wore the navy blue and white of Eastside FC. He played with the '94s from U11 to U17, and helped EFC B94 Red, coached by Dan Strom, to six of their seven Washington State titles as well as two third-place finishes at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in 2011 and 2012: he was named to the Best XI in 2011 and was the Golden Ball winner in 2012. Morris was also named Gatorade/ESPN Washington State Player of the Year, NSCAA Washington State Player of the Year and NSCAA High School All-American in 2012
Eastside FC Coach Dan Strom said of Morris while he played with B94 Red, "Jordan is a game-changing player who excels at beating opponents one-on-one to create man advantage situations and scoring opportunities for his teammates." That part hasn't changed; his position has, however. Blessed with speed, Morris played more as an attacking mid at Eastside FC, and more recently played forward for Stanford and in his US National Team appearances.
"It was my honor and pleasure to coach Jordan," said Coach Strom recently, just after Morris was first called up to the US Men's National Team in August of 2014. "Eastside FC is excited for Jordan as he joins that elite group of players in our nation to wear the US men's full national team jersey. In my years of knowing and working with Jordan, I have always been impressed by his outstanding character, work ethic and interest in the wellbeing of his teammates."
Chance Fry, Eastside FC's Director of Operations and Head Coach, said of Morris, "It has been a pleasure to know Jordan since he was 9 years old. He was an amazing player for EFC and is one of the nicest kids you will ever meet." Fry also coached Morris as a youth player, and Fry himself had five Caps with the US National Team in 1984. 'I hope we see Jordan with the national team for many years to come.”
Read more about the 2015 MAC Hermann Award here.