Jordan Morris, heir apparent to America’s soccer throne, has some big shoes to fill after Obafemi Martins’ unexpected move to Shanghai Shenhua.
Martins, one of Major League Soccer’s preeminent players, shocked soccer fans near and far when he announced (through his agent) that terms had been reached with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
Arguably Seattle’s best player, Martins, known simply as “Oba”, endeared himself to the Sounders faithful during his short tenure in the Emerald City with his dynamic play and signature celebrations.
Oba routinely attempted (and executed) moves you’d only see on the playground. He played with reckless abandon and blatant disregard for convention.
He was, in many ways, a boy amongst men – but his skills and talent made him a man amongst boys.
Martins’ departure from the Sounders may have a silver lining. His absence will leave a slot to fill up top next to Clint Dempsey – a spot with Jordan Morris’ name all over it.
Morris, winner of the 2015 Hermann Trophy (awarded to the top college player in the country), was widely linked to Germany’s Werder Bremen before signing with the Seattle Sounders.
For a 21-year-old, Morris has compiled an impressive resume. The Seattle native inked the largest homegrown player contract in MLS history and left Stanford a fully-capped national team player after catching coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s eye with a highlight reel goal in a scrimmage between Stanford and the USMNT.
It was tough to see Oba go, but when one door closes, another opens.
To Oba – We miss you, we love you. Stack that paper my man.
To Jordan Morris – Your time is now. Shine on these bitches.