Morris is entering his 11th season with the KiXX
Philadelphia Univ. Graduate was 2008-09 Defender of the Year
Philadelphia (Thursday, November 5, 2009) – The two-time Major Indoor Soccer League champion Philadelphia KiXX announced today that the club has come to terms with fan favorite defender Pat Morris. The Philadelphia native, who won his second Defender of the Year award last season, is heading into his 11th year with the club.
“Pat has been with our program for a long time,” said head coach Don D’Ambra, who has played alongside Morris the entire time he has been with the team. “He is a great asset to our team, and he represents the organization very well, both on and off the field. Pat is a player that always leads by example, and I’m very excited to have him back.”
Morris is coming off a very successful 2008-09 campaign in which he finished third in the league with 51 points, and his six three-point goals were best among the entire league. He added 11 two-pointers and 11 assists to his season statistics, receiving his seventh career nod to the All-League Team. During the year, he also achieved many personal feats including a franchise record 500 blocks while also eclipsing the 400-point mark. His stellar season resulted in his second career Defender of the Year award.
“I love playing in front of the great fans here in Philadelphia, and I’m excited to be back for my 11th season,” Morris commented. “This is where I always wanted to be, and I’m glad we were able to come to terms. While I have a lot of soccer left in my legs, I hope to eventually finish my career playing with the KiXX.”
Morris wasted little time in addressing what he hopes to be a great season of indoor soccer in the City of Brotherly Love.
“Going into the season, our main goal is not to just make the playoffs, but to win a championship,” he stated. “As a team, we’re looking to bounce back this year and do whatever we have to do to achieve our goal.”
Morris is a graduate of Northeast Catholic High School, which recently announced plans to close its doors at the end of the school year. He made his professional indoor debut with the KiXX on November 26, 1999, in a road contest against the Montreal Impact. He currently ranks third in franchise history by playing in 319 regular season games, trailing only D’Ambra and long-time netminder Peter Pappas. For his illustrious career, the hard-nosed defender has registered 422 points, tallying 169 goals and 115 assists. He has been a member of both KiXX championship teams, and the Philadelphia University graduate has also logged time with the U.S. National Futsal Team.
Morris and the rest of the Philadelphia KiXX open their 2009-10 season on Sunday, November 15th, with a road contest against La Raza de Monterrey. The team will play their historic first game at the Liacouras Center on Saturday, January 9th, when they host the Rockford Rampage at 7:00 p.m. Season and group ticket packages for the KiXX are available now by calling 1-888-888-KiXX.