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January 20, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Sounders FC supplemental draft pick Sean Morris: “That was probably one of the best feelings I’ve felt in my life”

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Bothell native Sean Morris was nearly resigned to the fact that he wasn’t going to get picked in the MLS Supplemental Draft. The Seattle U. senior was pondering how he could get a trial somewhere around the league when he got a message. It was from Sounders FC assistant coach Brian Schmetzer telling him he was selected by Seattle.

Relieved and excited, all Morris ever wanted was a chance. In fact he prepared for it as best he could by taking the winter quarter off from school. Now he’s eager to get things going — heck even he lives 20 minutes from Starfire.

Here’s a transcript of a phone conversation I had with him Wednesday:

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How and when did you find out you were drafted?

“I was following it online, just through the tracker that the MLS was putting up. It actually was running a little bit behind so I didn’t know I had been drafted until I got a message from assistant coach Brian Schmetzer, who let me know they had in fact just drafted me.”

What was that moment like?

“That was probably one of the best feelings I’ve felt in my life. I actually had to sit down when I was reading the message.”

Did you have an idea you might be taken today? Any teams tell you to keep your phone on?

“Actually I didn’t. I had been in and out with them (the Sounders). I went to their combine down in Vegas and I’d been in contact with them, and then it actually started to look like maybe I should be looking elsewhere to try to get a trial with another team. It caught me a little off guard to then get the message saying that they were the ones that had taken me.”

Being a local guy, how much more special is it to go to the hometown team?

“There’s no better feeling. They’ve been the professional team in Seattle for as long as I can remember. I played for guys that used to play for them and I grew up just admiring it. Now you have the chance to maybe be one of those guys all of a sudden — to be one of those guys that you grew up watching. There’s no better feeling. And to be close to home and my family and friends, there’s no better situation you could hope for.”

How much have you followed the team these last few years?

“I watched pretty much all the games. I’ve trained with them a little bit here and there, been in and out in training sessions with the reserves. I’ve tried to stay as involved as I could be. My brother actually works in their offices and I try to keep up with them at all times.”

How soon you heading over to practice?

“I’m actually heading in today for a medical and a training session with the new guys. I live 20 minutes away from the training center. It’s pretty easy for me to go where they need me at anytime and I’ll be there later today.”

Is it difficult being in school and having to manage both right now?

“It was until I decided to take a little time off from school because this is something that I wanted to make a real run at and put everything I could into trying to build my playing career. This has always been a dream of mine. When I saw I had the opportunity I sat down with my family, talked about all the possible options and made the decision that I was going to take a little bit of time off and focus on this and see if anything happens with it.”

So you had already been taking this quarter off? What is this, winter quarter?

“Yeah, winter quarter.”

Were you on track to graduate in a couple quarters?

“I’ll be three quarters away. So I’ll be graduating at the end of next fall.”

How do you look back at your time at Seattle U.?

“I came into it just trying to break my way into the team. I was just one of the guys; I wasn’t a super high-profile recruit. Kind of like I am now. But I just did everything I could, worked as hard as I could to make the team as a freshman. I always just tried to get better everyday and had a coach that believed in me in Brad Agoos. He really supported me and has been helping me a lot through the process of trying to get the next level. I can’t thank him enough.”

It seems like that hard-working attitude will serve you well in camp, doesn’t it?

“When you get the higher levels nothing is guaranteed so I’m going to go out there and try to be the humblest, hardest-working guy out on the field. I’ll try to be the best I can be everyday and hopefully something like that will eventually pan out.”

Where do you play in midfield and what do you like to do?

“I typically enjoy playing center mid, I like being there and seeing a lot of the ball and having it at my feet. But I’ve spent time all over the field. I’ve been out wide, I’ve been in the back and I’ve been up front. My primary position that I really enjoy the most is center mid. I like to play and move and be a rhythm guy. And I just like to run a lot.”

Did I see on your bio that you were a state cross-country champ in high school? Are you always running around all over the place?

“I try to. It’s funny. I was kind of recruited back in high school. Freshman year I wasn’t running cross country and I just ran in P.E. class and was pretty much beating everyone in the entire freshman class. It ended up working out pretty for well for me as I had a decent career running. That only made my soccer career better. Then in senior year I had to make a decision on if I wanted to be a runner in college or play soccer. I had to go with my passion. Soccer is the best thing in my life and what I’ve always wanted to do. It definitely helped me to get where I am today though, no doubt about it.”

Soccer won, huh?

“The races in cross country were fun, but I was having a lot more fun playing soccer. It was something I always knew I wanted to do.”


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