Jordan Morris to continue Werder Bremen trial
United States forward Jordan Morris plans to continue his trial with Werder Bremen in Germany after training with the Bundesliga side in Turkey this week.
Morris joined Bremen in Belek, Turkey, on Monday to weigh up his professional options. The spell went well enough to prompt Morris and Bremen to prolong the spell. The 21-year-old forward is now expected to return to Germany with Bremen on Saturday and spend a few more days with the team as it continues to prepare for the second half of the Bundesliga season.
"I'll stay a few days in Bremen. Let's see how it goes then. ... They are all very good guys," Morris told Kreiszeitung. "It's always fun to play against strong players. I am delighted and excited."
Werder Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin praised Morris earlier in the week and compared him to a hockey player because of his directness in front of goal, while Bremen manager Viktor Skripnik also offered kind words for the striker after evaluating him in training.
"On the first day, the right impressions are very positive," Skripnik told Kreiszeitung. "I am surprised that a young man from America is so fit. And he has football understanding, looking for the open spaces."
It remains to be seen how Morris' spell with Bremen impacts his final decision. MLS side Seattle Sounders offered Morris the richest Homegrown contract in league history last year. Morris boasts extensive links to the club (his father, Michael, is the chief medical officer) cultivated over many years.
Once Morris completes his time with Bremen, he is expected to report to the U.S. national team for training camp in southern California. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann named him in a 25-man squad ahead of the friendlies against Iceland (Jan. 31) and Canada (Feb. 5).