Jordan Morris, who embodies the future hopes and dreams of every U.S. Soccer fan, will begin his professional career with Seattle Sounders. That's despite an impressive trial with Werder Bremen and a contract offer from the club. Morris picking Seattle and MLS over Europe runs counter to what many top-tier Americans have done in the past, but USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann is happy with Morris's choice.
"I'm thrilled that Jordan decided to go pro," Klinsmann told ESPN FC. "This is the really important decision. And I'm thrilled with the Sounders, that he goes into an environment that he knows, that he feels comfortable with, and that he feels now that, 'At this specific point in time, this is the best move for me.'"
Don't worry, Klinsmann critics who believe the manager steers players toward Europe over MLS, the manager isn't disappointing you. It sounds like he wants to see Morris go overseas in the future.
"[Morris] feels he's not ready for Europe," Klinsmann said. "He feels the next big step for him is the Sounders where he knows everybody, and for us it's great because the moment he steps now on the training field he's in a professional environment. That's good."
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