Morris was awarded his eighth All-MISL nod this past season (Photo by Contrast Photography).
Two-Time Defender of the Year Heads to the Charm City
For the first time in his 12-year professional indoor soccer career, Philadelphia native Pat Morris will be playing in a uniform other than his hometown KiXX, which will not play this season. Following an announcement on Monday that confirms his signing, the two-time Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Defender of the Year is now set to head down I-95 to suit up for the Baltimore Blast during the upcoming year of play.
“Pat Morris has been, and still is, one of the best defenders in the MISL,” Blast head coach Danny Kelly stated. “He's been an All-Star, Defender of the Year and a champion. We feel very fortunate to be able to add a player of Pat's quality and character to our team.”
Morris was named to the All-MISL First Team last year after finishing the season tied for the league lead with 20 goals, and his 47 points in 19 games ranked him fourth overall in the MISL. He also added three assists to his stat sheet to go along with 36 blocks, which was the highest mark in the league. Morris was selected as the MISL Defensive Player of the Month in both January and February, and the All-League selection was his eighth nod in the past nine seasons.
The long-time KiXX defender also had a very successful 2008-09 campaign in which he finished third overall in the league with 51 points. His six three-point goals were a league-high, and he added 11 two-pointers and 11 assists to his season statistics. 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 eventually resulted in his second career Defender of the Year award.
A graduate of Northeast Catholic High School, Morris made his professional debut with the KiXX on November 26, 1999, in a road contest against the Montreal Impact. In 338 regular season games, the hard-nosed defender has registered 469 points, tallying 189 goals and 118 assists. He was a key member of both KiXX championship teams (2002, 2007), and the Philadelphia University graduate has also logged time with the U.S. National Futsal Team.
Morris most recently began to dabble into coaching as well, wrapping up his first campaign as an assistant coach for St. Joseph’s University this past fall.