Veteran Defender Tallied 20 Points in Four Matches
Philadelphia (Wednesday, February 3, 2010) – Philadelphia KiXX defender Pat Morris has played a critical role in the success of the team since his rookie 1999-2000 campaign, and the Philadelphia native has showed no signs of slowing down anytime soon. After registering 20 points in just four games this past month, the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced today that Morris has been named its Defensive Player of the Month for the month of January.
"Pat stepped up very big the past few weeks by making plays in critical times in games,” KiXX head coach Don D’Ambra stated. “I love the fact that he wants the ball at the most important times, and he has the confidence and determination to make a play that can change the outcome of a game. He shows such great leadership through his actions."
Morris anchored the Philadelphia defense this past month and also scored at least four points in every match the team played in January. For the month, he scored a total of 20 points for an average of five points per game. He had a season-best performance in a 23-20 win over the Rockford Rampage on January 9th by scoring eight points in the first-ever KiXX home contest at Liacouras Center after spending 13 years at the Wachovia Spectrum. That weekend, he tallied a total of 12 points and was named the MISL Player of the Week. Morris, who scored his 175th career goal in January, currently sits in second among the Philadelphia scoring with 25 points. On the month, he scored eight goals (one three-pointer) and registered three assists. Three of his knocks were power play goals, and he also recorded a team-leading 11 blocks on the month.
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 328 regular season games, trailing only D’Ambra and long-time netminder Peter Pappas. For his illustrious career, the hard-nosed defender has registered 447 points, tallying 179 goals and 118 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.
The next game action for the KiXX is back at Liacouras Center this Saturday, February 6th, when they have a 7:05 p.m. meeting with the Milwaukee Wave. Tickets for that match are available now by logging onto www.ComcastTix.com or calling 1-888-888-KiXX.