Saturday, April 2, 2016

Player Profile: Andre Morris

Detroit City FC announced the arrival of returning defender Andre Morris on Saturday morning. Morris is a Kentwood, Mich., native who also plays his collegiate soccer at the University of Michigan in the Wolverines back line. 

Morris returns to City for his second season with the club ahead of the 2016 season. 

Once again, the defender credited the environment and the attitudes of fans as well as the Northern Guard Supporters for his decision to represent Le Rouge in the 2016 NPSL season. 

"My favorite part about playing for DCFC has to be the environment that it provides," Morris said. "No other club has as passionate of a supporters group as Detroit City."

The relationship between the club and its supporters seems to be a leading reason for the arrival of players in Detroit. It's quite understood, as the atmosphere that surrounds matches on the home pitch as well as traveling support for away matches, is on a different level than most others in the league. 

For the Wolverines, Morris has been a steady presence as a defender, being a starter since his freshman year in Ann Arbor. 

"I think my ability to organize the team defensively and play out of the back to start the attack [is a quality that can help City win], Morris said. 

And he isn't wrong about that quality of his game, but the real threat that the Michigan native possesses is his defensive prowess. A center back by trade, Morris helped the Wolverines to a 1.05 goals-against-average in the 2015-2016 season. 

Choosing to play collegiately at U of M, Morris sees the future of soccer in Michigan as growing rapidly and is excited to be a part of it, especially in Detroit. 

"It's great to see the growth of soccer in the state," he told FTLOF. "But more importantly it's great to be a part of. 

"I had a great experience last year [as a part of Detroit City FC]." 

Let's hope Morris and the rest of the defenders have a great experience this season as well, with the lack of a goalkeeper still troubling the City faithful. 

It's a bothersome situation, with one supporter tweeting out that City should line up in a 0-11-0 formation at the start of the season. 

The DCFC brass has a goalkeeper announcement waiting to be revealed to fans, it's not a matter of if, but when. Right?

*Photo courtesy of Detroit City FC

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