Atlanta United is on fire, after the departure of Gabriel Heinze as coach of the club of the Major League Soccer, where multiple frictions with the squad were made known due to the extreme measures imposed by the Argentine coach, who would have denied his players days off and even limited the amount of water they could drink during the preseason, something that was combined with the poor run of results and the separation of Josef Martínez, to end the Heinze project in ‘The Five Stripes’.
The Georgia box appointed Rob Valentino as interim coach And as of this Wednesday, the 35-year-old technician will seek to quell the flames of the fire that Heinze left within the American club, so after facing his first practice, he hopes to recover the squad so that they come out due to the bad streak they are going through within the MLS.
“I told the guys this morning that I hope to bring the human element. In terms of tactics, I will do my best. We will all do our best to take more chances, take more risks, score more goals and win more games. I want everyone to be on the same page. Everyone knows their roles and responsibilities. That is the best. There are games and I hope we get some positive results, “said the interim coach after directing his first training session.
Valentino was technical assistant to Frank de Boer, Stephen Glass and Gabriel Heinze, during their respective stints at Atlanta United, a club to which will coach as head coach for the first time this Wednesday when they visit FC Cincinnati at the new TQL Stadium, where they will try to break the historic winning streak within the US squad.
The team welcomes him
Gabriel Heinze’s passage through soccer in the United States ended with a totally fractured squad, because after the extreme measures that the Argentine imposed were made known and for which, in addition, The MLSPA received a complaint on behalf of the Atlanta squad, the club decided to end its relationship with the Argentine and after Valentino’s presentation, it seems that the Atlanta United squad is beginning to regain its calm.
“Rob is a guy who has been in this group for a while. He has good personal relationships with all the players. We are excited to work with him. He knows the tactics we had, implements them and modifies the things that he needed to modify. We will try to go out on Wednesday and get results, “said Brooks Lennon.
Atlanta’s next games
‘The Five Stripes’ has won only 2 games in the 2021 MLS season, in which it accumulates a total of 8 games without a loss, the longest streak in the history of the franchise, which currently stands at number 10 of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta will visit Cincinnati on Wednesday and will subsequently host reigning MLS champions Columbus Crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.