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Jordan Morris skipping 2017 MLS draft, breaking Atlanta supporters' hearts

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The dream is dead. Every Atlanta United supporter's dream was to see Jordan Morris become the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2017 MLS draft by Atlanta United. Everything was going according to plan. Stanford won the NCAA Championship, Morris had cracked the USMNT first team, all that was left was for Don Garber to call his name and for him to slip on that red and black kit.

Momma told me to be an optimist and to believe all things are possible. I truly believed Jordan Morris would be an Atlanta United player. So much so that I would go to all of my favorite soccer message boards and share my predicted starting eleven that would surround Jordan Morris.

Some pro athletes just lack ambition to succeed at the highest  levels. Instead of waiting one more year, taking a huge pay cut, and entering the draft, he took the easy way out and has decided to turn pro. His decision to settle for either the Seattle Sounders or European soccer is an unsettling one. A chance to come to Atlanta and win trophies and become one of the best players on the planet was within inches of his grasp. It just wasn't to be, evidently.

Atlanta United will go on to bigger and better players and achievements. I wish Jordan Morris all the best in his future endeavors.