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U.S. prospects blog: Next steps for Jordan Morris, notes on U20s, more

The U.S. Under-23 squad that coach Andi Herzog has convened in Carson, Calif., ahead of Wednesday night's friendly match against Mexico will differ significantly from the one that tries to qualify for the Rio Olympics later this year.

Age-eligible senior teamers (and 2014 World Cup veterans) John Brooks, Julian Green and DeAndre Yedlin are absent because of commitments to their European clubs. So too are a number of the country's most promising teenagers who are with Tab Ramos' U-20 squad preparing for FIFA's U-20 World Cup, which begins next month in New Zealand.

But one blue chipper whom Herzog will have at his disposal versus El Tri is man-of-the-moment Jordan Morris. The Stanford University sophomore has been the talk of American soccer over the last six days, ever since senior team coach Jurgen Klinsmann handed the 20-year-old a surprise start against Mexico's varsity (albeit a depleted version) and watched Morris score an emphatic goal -- the eventual game-winner -- early in the second half.

A week later, Morris gets another crack at the Yanks' chief rival. And while it will be in a much lower-profile setting than last week's Clasico, Herzog nonetheless believes it will be another valuable step in the youngster's development.

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