In the wake of Manny Perez’s departure, Louisville City has signed outside back Jake Morris (Twitter/Insta). Following the acquisitions of Arturo Ordoñez, Tola Showunmi, and Adrien Perez, the left-footed 24-year-old Morris brings with him a strong resume and a physical presence to help bolster the back line.
Morris’s career began in the Seattle Sounds system with his first appearance for the organization against San Antonio in 2016. That same year, he made appearances for both the US U19 and U20 teams. He went on to represent Campbell University and the University of Denver before a brief stop at USL League 2’s Mississippi Brilla in 2021. He was acquired by the Columbus Crew in 2022, where his brother Aidan Morris still plays. Mid-2023, he joined Loudoun United on loan where he remained for the rest of the season.
Jake Morris is the type of guy who could quickly become a known name in the league. He has been good enough to hang around the MLS’ orbit but was passed over, but now finds himself on a competitive team with a point to prove. Manny certainly leaves a void that can’t be ignored, so this promising talent will need to bring his A-game. Previous match listings have often further up the pitch than a defensive back, so his forward flexibility lends itself well to the ever-increasing presence of the back three system. Not a ton to gain at a bird's-eye view of his stats from his time at Loudoun between the limited stint and the fact that it is Loudoun who’s not exactly known for being a good team. But I’m not concerned with the staff’s ability to assess the attributes he brings and how he fits into the team’s 2024 vision. Look forward to seeing him in purple!
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