Sounders F Morris to start rehab ASAP after knee surgery

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Injured Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris underwent right knee surgery as he begins his recovery after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the team announced Friday.

The team revealed that Morris, 23, had surgery on Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif., and will start his rehabilitation immediately. No timetable for recovery was offered by the organization.

Morris sustained the injury in the second half of the team's Round of 16 CONCACAF Champions League matchup against Salvadoran side Santa Tecla on Feb. 22. After the match, Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey quickly declared Morris would not return this year.

"We are going to rule him out for the season ... He'll have surgery probably in a couple of weeks once the swelling goes down and he can build up the strength of the muscles around it," said Lagerwey. "But we want to approach this as what's best for Jordan's career long-term. We think he's a Sounder for the long-term. He's in the organization's long-term plans."

Morris was limited to 23 games in 2017 due to ankle and hamstring injuries. He was the MLS Rookie of the Year in 2016, scoring 12 goals and adding four assists in 34 regular-season matches. Morris was also an emerging force with the United States men's national team, scoring five goals in 25 career appearances.

--Field Level Media