Atlanta United parts ways with Frank de Boer

Atlanta United Head Coach Frank de Boer looks on during the second half of the first leg match between Atlanta United at FC Motagua in the Round of 16 in the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Tuesday February 18, 2020. (Photo by Jacob Gonzalez/Atlanta United)

Atlanta United announced Friday afternoon the club has parted ways with manager Frank De Boer.

The decision by the club has been made after a disappointing performance by the club in the MLS is Back Tournament, where the team lost all three matches and failed to score throughout the tournament.

“On behalf of Atlanta United, I would like to thank Frank for his leadership and commitment to the club,” said Atlanta United President Darren Eales. “Under Frank’s guidance, the club had a strong 2019 season in both MLS and international competition. After discussing it with Frank, the decision was reached mutually to part ways.  In winning two trophies in his first season in charge, he will always be a part of the club’s history, and with great appreciation and respect we wish him all the best in the future.”

Also, assistant coaches Orlando Trustfull and Bob de Clerk and video analyst Erwin Koenis will also leave the club. The club stated an interim coach will be announced soon and the search for de Boer’s replacement will begin soon.

De Boer began his tenure with Atlanta United on December 23, 2018 and in 2019, he won two trophies, Campeones Cup and U.S. Open Cup. But despite winning two trophies, players such as Pity Martinez, Josef Martinez, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez and others were critical of the tactics de Boer wanted the team to play.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had with Atlanta United,” de Boer said. “Coaching in Major League Soccer and living in Atlanta has been a wonderful experience and a welcome new challenge. I will never forget the incredible supporters here in Atlanta, they are truly special.  I want to thank the players, coaches and staff for all of their support, it has been my pleasure to work with all of you.” 

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