Atlanta United Hires Gerardo “Tata” Martino as head coach

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

By RYAN BRISTER

Atlanta United FC has named Gerardo Martino its inaugural head coach in advance of joining Major League Soccer next season.

Martino has a managerial career that stretches back to 1998. He managed Paraguay’s national team for five years from 2006-11, leading them to a Copa America final and a World Cup quarterfinal.

He gained international recognition when he took over at Barcelona in 2013. He failed to win any major trophy in his sole season with the club. Most recently, he was managing Argentina, before resigning this past summer.

Despite his impressive resume, Martino will be one of just a few managers in MLS to take over a team with no prior experience in the league. The structure of the league and its rules have challenged foreign coaches in the past, though Patrick Viera has done admirably in his first season with New York City FC.

The hire of Martino is another sign that Atlanta’s large ambitions. The club has already set a record for season ticket holders for an expansion side, with several months to go before ever kicking a ball.

 

  • Leo Glickman

    Bodacious!

  • Peter pan

    Wow, big news around the soccer world. Suprisingly he said no to Mexicos club America, very interesting.
    I actually thought Miami would get zidane, LAFC bob Bradley, Minnesota some top European assistant coach.