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The Daily Dirt: Jordan Morris denies Werder Bremen

The American will play in his home league.

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Jordan Morris has impressed during his training period with Werder Bremen, so much so that the Bundesliga club attempted to sign the young American striker. But in a great development for domestic soccer in the United States, Morris has decided to stay home and play in MLS. Seattle Sounders possess the rights for the 21-year-old, and the club intends to make Morris the highest-paid homegrown player in league history.

"The player has made ​​it clear after intensive discussions that he currently sees its future in America," Werder Bremen sporting director Thomas Gauge said in an official statement. "This decision, we respect, of course."

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What's happening in The A?

The Hawks won an MLK Day matinee Monday, racing to a 98-81 home victory over the Orlando Magic. Six Hawks scored in double-figures, led by Al Horford's 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal.