Jordan Morris leads Stanford to College Cup title

Published Monday, December 14, 2015 8:59 AM by Shane Barrow

This one was over quickly.  On Friday both teams fought their way through penalty kick wins in their semifinal round playing double overtime battles. It clearly had different effects on the two squads.  Stanford looked fast and determined. Clemson looked lost.

Young US national team forward Jordan Morris capped his final college season in style putting The Cardinal ahead within the opening two minutes of play. He punctuated a scalding run by Corey Baird down the left wing and cross to the top of the box to Eric Verso, who then played through to Morris for the opening goal at the 1:27 mark. The Pac 12 Player of the Year then doubled Stanford’s lead more than five minutes into the second half on a backpost finish off a through ball from Baird.

Stanford added on in the 71st minute after Morris drew a penalty kick, with a Brandon Vincent goal from the spot. The margin was four when Eric Verso, a product of the LA Galaxy academy, converted a run from midfield with a classy right footed finish from the top of the box.

Clemson just never got going on the afternoon unable to right themselves from the shock of giving up the early goal.  They only managed one shot on frame the entire match as the Stanford defense seemed a step faster on every ball.
After the game speculation turned to Jordan Morris and his future.  His rights are owned by the Seattle Sounders, but Morris could return to Stanford for one more season. When asked he responded: “I’m going to address that later. Right now, it’s all about the team. All about appreciating and celebrating this moment because we’ve worked, so hard as a team to get where we are and come out as champions is amazing. That will all come later, but right now I’m going to celebrate with my brothers up here.”