USA’s resilient Morris answered Gold Cup call
USA’s Jordan Morris (#8) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Jamaica on July 26, 2017, in Santa Clara, California. (Photo: AFP Services)

SANTA CLARA, California -- Not only did Jordan Morris get some redemption on Wednesday night, he also wound up scoring the winning goal that gave the United States its sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

After getting beat to the ball on Je-Vaughn Watson’s equalizer early in the second half, the 22-year-old striker rebounded by connecting in the 88th minute to lift the Americans to a 2-1 win at Levi's Stadium.

"I was nervous,” said Morris, who – with three goals – was the Gold Cup’s joint-top scorer with Alphonso Davies (Canada) and Kevin Parsemain (Martinique).  “It was my guy that scored on the goal, so I was trying to make up for that anyway I could.  Luckily, I could put it in the back of the net."

Morris admitted his concern about the error that paved the way for the Reggae Boyz’s only goal, saying: “To be honest, I’ve never really had that in my career where I was at fault for the other team scoring.  It was tough to get over, especially in such a big game.  I just had to keep pushing forward and make a difference.”

U.S. head coach Bruce Arena liked the way the Seattle Sounders star responded.

“To hang in there and play well and get the goal that made the difference in the game is encouraging,” he remarked.  “He’s a young player with a lot of talent.  He’s going to continue to grow.  He’s a player who certainly has a future.
“Those kind of moments are important for a player.  That’s a big step he took tonight.”

Two of Morris’ five all-time international goals have been scored against Jamaica.  He also netted against the Caribbean power in a 1-0 friendly win on February 3, 2017.