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In the end, we say thanks

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What a season it’s been.

Columbus Crew v Atlanta United FC - Eastern Conference Knockout Round Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

After a tough loss, be it Atlanta United or the USMNT, I take it pretty hard. I care a lot about the soccer teams I support. I love this sport. What happens on the field is all I care about. All the controversies, records broken, whatever, they are just noise to me.

So, as I lay in bed at 3:30 a.m., trying to get over another brutal loss less than a month after seeing the U.S. men fail to qualify for the World Cup, this one seems a little bit easier to take.

It’s not the fact that Atlanta United didn’t win MLS Cup that’s hard to take. It’s that this crazy, fun, dramatic roller coaster of an inaugural season has abruptly ended. There’s no more anxiously waiting for matchday or breaking down what went right or wrong on the field. There’s only waiting until March accompanied by the random news hit or roster move.

I want to take this time to give a huge thank you to our amazing staff that’s pumped out daily content since before this team even had a name or a logo.

Thank you Joe Patrick, Parker Cleveland, Sydney Hunte, Haris Kruskic, Harry Harris, Sam Jones, John Fuller, Victor Tun, Eric Quintana, Sam Franco, Josh Bagriansky, Jason Smith, TiotalFootball, ATLUTDProspects, Kamari Wright, Andrew Hathaway, Jesmary Lorenzo, Christian Candler, and Jonathan Ace. (I apologize if I left anyone out.)

Another big thanks to you, the readers. Thanks for putting up with our off the wall content sometimes, thanks for sharing and commenting, thanks for everything.

We’re not going anywhere. We’ll be here to help make the offseason go by as quickly as possible.

It was a fantastic first season, but what makes this a little bit easier to get over is the fact that the future is so bright. Next season will be even better and I can’t wait.

(Please excuse any errors here, this is being written on my phone at a ridiculous hour while watching The Office)