Sounders striker Jordan Morris will miss the entire 2018 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during a CONCACAF Champions League game Thursday in El Salvador. The injury occurred in the 85th minute of Seattle’s 2-1 loss to Santa Tecla FC. Morris’ father, team doctor Michael Morris, made the ACL tear diagnosis immediately.
Club general manager Garth Lagerwey confirmed Monday morning that Morris, 23, would not play, and that he seeks an attacking forward to replace Morris.
“We need another top-end forward,” Lagerwey told the Seattle Times. “And now, where we were looking for maybe somebody who was more of a chance creator, or with more speed, now it does impact how we search for players. Knowing we have a DP (designated player) spot available, you’re probably looking at potentially signing an attacker.”
The Mercer Island native has 15 goals with five assists during his two seasons with the hometown team. He was MLS Rookie of the Year in 2016. He missed the end of the 2017 MLS regular season with a hamstring injury.
The Sounders open the MLS season March 4 against Los Angeles FC at CenturyLink Field.