STANFORD, Calif. – Former Stanford men’s soccer standouts Jordan Morris and Chad Marshall were part of a group of 32 players called by head coach Bruce Arena for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s annual January camp.
This will be the first training camp coached by Arena since he took over in November of last year, and comes just two months before Final Round Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup resumes. Players will report Jan. 10 to the National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
Morris and Marshall, 2016 MLS Cup champions with the Seattle Sounders, are two of four Cardinal to have capped for the USMNT along with Todd Dunivant and Brandon Vincent.
Morris has scored once in 12 career caps. Then-head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called him last November ahead of the United States’ first two Hexagonal games in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, but Morris injured his hamstring during the second leg of the Sounders’ Western Conference Semifinals match against FC Dallas and was sent home early from camp.
He made five appearances with the senior team in 2016, with his most recent contributions coming as a substitute in Havana in a 2-0 win over Cuba in October.
Marshall has 11 career caps, but has not featured in a U.S. kit in nearly seven years. His last action came in January 2010 in a 3-1 friendly loss to Honduras.
This is not the first time the defender has gone long stints in between U.S. appearances. He suited up in December 2005 for a 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifier and then did not don the Red, White and Blue until July 2009 for a CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Grenada.
Morris and Marshall are also the only Stanford men’s soccer players to win one of Major League Soccer’s major postseason awards. Morris was named 2016 AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year in early November and Marshall was MLS Defender of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2014.
The U.S. will begin the 2017 campaign with a friendly against Serbia on Jan. 29 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Kickoff for Arena’s first match back in charge of the MNT is set for 1 p.m. PT, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and UniMas.
Five days later, the MNT will make its first visit to Chattanooga, Tenn., on Feb. 3 when they host regional rival Jamaica. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on FS1 and UniMas (simulcast on UDN).