Seattle Sounders Star Jordan Morris
on the City That Shaped Him
Countless youth have dreams of one day growing up and playing for their favorite sports teams. For Seattle Sounders player and Major League Soccer (MLS) Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris, that childhood fantasy is now a reality.
The 22-year-old forward signed to the Sounders in 2016 and went on to win the MLS Cup, helping to lead the team to its first title in franchise history. But, it's not only the game that Morris loves, it's where he plays: his home turf of Seattle.
"Seattle has the best fans in the country," he says. "It's pretty special to be able to bring the MLS Cup to them. We get 45, 000 fans to come out to every single one of our games. To represent this city and play in front of my friends and family is such a cool experience."
It's that sense of community and pride that makes the seaport city special for Morris on the field and off.
Home sweet home turf
Growing up on Mercer Island outside Seattle, Morris pursued his passion for soccer and benefitted from the small, tight-knit community that taught him the importance of giving back at a young age. "My neighbors preached good values, ideals and instilled in me the importance of being a good person," he says. "I've been given a lot and I want to give back."
Field of dreams
Many professional athletes cherish the place where they first perfected their game. For Morris, Preston Athletic Fields and Park is where he spent most of his time as a kid. "After school, I'd practice there every day," he says. "It was a pretty impactful." The park, which is less than 20 minutes from the city, features two field-turf soccer pitches—ideal for the budding athlete.
Traversing the terrain
When he's not busy practicing or volunteering in and around the Seattle area, Morris is trading in his cleats for hiking boots to explore the great outdoors. "Seattle is beautiful," he says. "You can go up to the mountains or hike, there's just so much you can do." With several prominent mountains nearby, including Mt. Rainier and Glacier Peak, there's no shortage of picturesque scenery for Morris to enjoy. "I take my dogs up to the mountains to just get away from things for a bit," he says.
Classic Must-See Sights
Washington's largest city is big on the outdoors, but isn't short on other fun activities. While Morris favors being out in the elements, that doesn't mean he forgoes indulging in a few tourist attractions from time to time. "The Space Needle and Pike Place Market are both cool spots," he says. The Space Needle, Seattle's most iconic landmark attracts more than 1 million visitors per year to its observation deck and restaurant more than 500 feet above the city. Pike Place Market is another must-see destination on Morris' list and adds to the many reasons why Seattle is his favorite city. Located downtown, the world famous market is the place to go for seafood. "They throw the fish around in front of you. Buying seafood becomes a show onto itself ."
Caffeine, Cafes and Finances
Seattleites are serious about their coffee, and serious about hanging around to drink their coffee. For Morris, he's always looking for ways to marry the two; multi-tasking is a necessity in how he stays fueled and manages his life. That's one of the many perks of Capital One Café's; they provide the caffeine to keep people on the go while providing an inviting space to meet with a money coach and to apply the latest technology to everyday banking. "With the city becoming more expensive, these Cafes will be a great local resource not only to sit with a coach to map out money goals – for me, that's buying my first home -- but also to plug in, sit back and catch up on everything life throws your way."
There's no place like home
While there are plenty of people taking up residence in the Northwestern city, not many are leaving and Morris doesn't have plans of moving either. "When I'm traveling for a game, every time I come back and land at the airport and see my parents, it's a feeling that's hard to replicate," he says. "I love being here, it's home."
[Photo Courtesy of Jordan Morris]
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