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Jordan Morris named 2019 MLS Comeback Player of the Year

After missing all last season, Morris rebounded by contributing 10 goals and seven assists for the Sounders in 2019.

Mar 2, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris (13) gives a thumb up to a teammate during the second half against the FC Cincinnati at CenturyLink Field. The Seattle Sounders beat FC Cincinnati 4-1. (Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports)

Seattle Sounders FC striker Jordan Morris was named the 2019 MLS Comeback Player of the Year, the league announced Tuesday.

Morris, 24, missed the entire 2018 season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but returned to the pitch with a vengeance this year by recording 10 goals and a career-high seven assists.

The Sounders clinched a playoff berth for the 11th consecutive year thanks in part to Morris’ contributions, and will host Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night after Morris became the fifth player in MLS history to score a postseason hat trick in a 4-3 first round win over FC Dallas. 

MLS club technical staff, select media, and current MLS players vote for the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Morris drew 21.58 percent of the player vote, 30.69 percent of the club technical staff vote, and 32.43 percent of the media vote. He finished overall voting with 28.23 percent, enough to edge Los Angeles FC’s Mark-Anthony Kaye (24.32 percent).

In addition, Philadelphia Union forward Kacper Pryzbylko finished third in overall voting (8.36 percent), while Chris Odoi-Atsem of D.C. United finished fourth (6.23), Columbus Crew SC midfielder Pedro Santos finished fifth (4.79), and Minnesota United midfielder Ethan Finlay finished sixth (4.18).

Morris is the third Sounders player to win the Comeback Player of the Year Award – Clint Dempsey won it in 2017 after Eddie Johnson captured it in 2012.

It was perhaps Morris’ contributions toward the end of the regular season that convinced a majority of voters to cast their ballots his way. The Seattle native and former Sounders Academy product recorded six goals and five assists in his final 10 starts of the regular season.

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