Monarchs Media Day: DF Jordan Murrell

March 22nd, 2015 | by Sean Walker

Jordan Murrell almost didn’t get drafted into MLS.

The 22-year-old left back with a deadly left foot was training with an English regional-division side in the days leading up to the SuperDraft, and there were rumors he might try his hand in Europe after a successful college career at Syracuse University.

The rumors, it turns out, appear to be unfounded — to the Real Monarchs’ gain. RSL selected Murrell with the 57th overall pick of the SuperDraft, and the Toronto FC academy product signed with the Monarchs a week ahead of their season opener at L.A. Galaxy II, pending the receipt of his work visa.

The left-sided defender spent the preseason with RSL in Tucson, Arizona, but picked up a knock that limited him in several games of the club’s early tournament action.

Murrell is a true-left footed talent capable of getting forward and racing back to defend and maintain his position on the outside flank — and should flourish in RSL’s system. He started every match of his four-year career, even spending time at center back, and his 20 assists with the Orange is the most ever by a Syracuse defender.

Salt City FC caught up with Murrell at the Monarchs’ inaugural media day last week, where he talked about signing with the club, dealing with injuries, and coming into a first-year franchise.

 

On signing with the Monarchs:

“It’s always a great feeling putting on a brand-new jersey. I was watching the kit guy put my name on my jersey today, and it brought a chill to my spine. I’ve been working for this my whole life, and now after signing my first professional contract, it’s only going to go up from here. I’m very excited. The boys are great, and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

On the injury that hampered him in preseason:

“At the time, I was just trying to deal with my injury and work hard, to stay as fit as possible. If I’m injured, I have to work that much harder to get back on the field. I’ve got to try and come in for two-a-days or go do rehab and — at the same time — keep up my cardio and get touches in where I can. You need to be better than when you came out, and I tried to do my best.”

On going from the college system to the Monarchs:

“Expectations are a lot higher now. We looked to win a championship in school, but this is the job, the livelihood, what you do to pay the bills at the end of the week. It puts that much more pressure on you, and you embrace that pressure as an athlete. That’s when we perform the best.

“School definitely prepared me for this. I appreciate everything I learned at Syracuse, and now I’m looking to better myself here and hopefully move on to the first team.”

On balancing the desire to win with improvement and development for the Monarchs:

“Training is just like a regular game; the way you train is the way you play. If we go out and learn during training, we’ll learn during the game, and that’s how we win championships. We’ve got to keep that mentality.”

Murrell’s Monarchs will take to the field Sunday at L.A. Galaxy II for their first-ever regular season game in USL. The game will be streamed live on the Internet, and we’ll have a copy here.

Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Salt City FC editor-in-chief Sean Walker has been covering soccer at all levels since 2007. He began his career in Las Vegas, and has since written for publications from the Intermountain West to Central New York, where he attended graduate school in 2012. Currently, Sean covers Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer for KSL.com. A struggling Evertonian by birth, Sean follows European soccer through the blue lens of the Toffees, and has strong feelings toward the UEFA Europa League.

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