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Meet the American-Born Croat Who Just Scored on His Dinamo Zagreb Debut


Not many defenders score on their full senior debuts, but that is what Kobie Morris done when he made his debut for Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb during the week…

Football experts are expecting a big future for the 18-year-old, who found the back of the net in Dinamo Zagreb’s comfortable Cup win over Zlatar midweek. Dinamo Zagreb, renowned for being a convey belt for talent, have produced a host of stars over the years such as Luka Modrić, Vedran Ćorluka, Mateo Kovačić, Marcelo Brozović, Tin Jedvaj, Marko Pjaca, and Šime Vrsaljko, may have another future star in their midst.

Morris, who was born in 1995 to a Croatian mother and American father, was born in Syracuse in the state of New York, however moved to Zagreb when he was just 8 months old. Morris, whose mother tongue is Croatian, has already represented Croatia at youth level.

“People are a bit puzzled when I start to speak Kajkavian (dialect of the Croatian language). I do speak English also but it is easier to communicate in Croatian because it is my mother tongue,” Morris told goal.com after his debut on Wednesday.

Kobie in action for Croatia at youth level

Kobie in action for Croatia at youth level

The former NK Zagreb player, who is also a top taekwondo fighter, is a regular in Dinamo’s reserves and is waiting for his opportunity to hopefully play more first team football this season.

“Theoretically I could play for USA, but I don’t think I will. OK, ‘never say never’, but nevertheless Croatia is my homeland,” he said.

Time will tell if we hear the name Kobie Morris more in the future.

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