MLS Offseason Notebook: Morris going pro, Techera joins Whitecaps, more

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by RYAN BRISTER

Jordan Morris soon to go pro, likely with Sounders: U.S. men’s national teamer Jordan Morris is prepared to leave Stanford and go pro in soccer. According to Ives Galarcep, “signs point to Morris completing a deal with the Sounders” sometime in January. Morris came up through the Sounders’ academy and would be a homegrown player if he signs for them.

Crew SC well represented in January USMNT camp: Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp has been a regular with the U.S. at the youth level, so his call up to this month’s camp comes as no surprise. But he is joined by a pair of teammates making their first trips to USMNT camp. Winger Ethan Finlay and Trapp’s midfield partner Tony Tchani are both reportedly part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad for the first camp of 2016. Tchani is a dual citizen with Cameroon, and received a call-up from the Indomitable Lions in November, but did not attend due to injury.

Josh Yaro reportedly signs a Generation Adidas contract, will enter the draft: Georgetown defender Josh Yaro has signed a contract with MLS and will enter this month’s SuperDraft, according to Steven Goff. Yaro is widely expected to be the first pick; that selection is currently held by the Chicago Fire. To give you an idea how highly regarded Yaro is, the sense is that he would have been the first pick in last year’s draft, ahead even Cyle Larin.

Vancouver makes the transfer of Cristian Techera permanent: The Whitecaps made use of a few players on loan from Latin America, and the diminutive Techera had an outsize impact, with seven goals and five assists in 22 appearances. He will stay in Vancouver after the club reached a deal with River Plate Montevideo. Targeted allocation money was used in the deal, which means the transfer fee and Techera’s new salary combine to at least $457,000. The 23-year-old Uruguayan made $82,000 last year.