In a surprise decision announced on Monday, 20 year-old midfielder Jordan Stone said he is retiring immediately from FC Dallas to enter college at nearby Texas Tech.
After a third straight season in which Stone was a reserve for Dallas after being drafted straight out of high school, the former U.S. youth international decided on leaving professional soccer for higher education.
“It was the hardest decision arguably I have ever had to make in my life,” said Stone. “The coaching staff, the management and the players have been nothing but great to me my entire time with the organization. This was a decision led by the Lord and is something that I really feel is the next step for me in my life.”
The Texas native was expected to be a part of the new FC Dallas picture for years to come; Stone was drafted in the second round by the former Burn in 2002, and last season the midfielder saw increased playing time appearing in 16 games. A member of both the Under-17 and Under-20 teams for the United States in the recent past, Stone’s combative play in the center of the park was expected to see him through a strong professional career.
“We are definitely sad to see Jordan go from a team standpoint,” said the club’s General Manager Greg Elliott. “When you get a person as outstanding as Jordan around, you don’t want to lose him but you can never fault anybody’s personal vision.”
“This will work out to be a good decision for him personally and our entire organization wishes him the best.”
Original Article written by Aris Ohanessian