Well, after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Toronto FC, United’s 2019 season came to an end Wednesday night at home.
A long 10 month season has now come to an end and here are my three thoughts on the entire United season:
A good season
Despite the team falling short of making back-to-back appearances in MLS Cup Final, this season cannot be considered a failure. Instead, it is quite the opposite.
Atlanta won its first international trophy in Campeones Cup when they defeated Club America in what was the best performance of the team in my opinion. And then, the Five Stripes also won the Open Cup for the first time in club history, which also earned them a spot back in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League.
Winning two trophies out of a possible three is not a bad season.
Future looks good with Frank De Boer
When De Boer first started, the team looked nothing like they did in 2018 but as the season progressed, the players started to learn De Boer’s game plan and De Boer changed his game plan to adjust to his players skills and abilities. And it showed on the field, as Atlanta started to become more successful on the field in the second half of the season, when it mattered most.
During such run, Atlanta only lost one game in the month of August and finished with the No.2 seed in the Eastern Conference, something that did not see reachable in late May.
There are a lot of rumors and speculations about who may leave the club in the next two months but nothing official has been announced.
At the moment, we know the front office will have their work cut out as they will have to make a decision on whether Julian Gressel will receive a contract extension, same thing with Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. There are rumors that Darlington Nagbe may not comeback, we also have to wait and see if the club will extend Emerson Hyndman’s stay, as he was here on a loan.
And with the players leaving, it is time to start expecting new players that fit De Boer’s game plan to arrive.
Overall, it will be crazy off-season with player movements and most importantly, transfer rumors, which is what makes the soccer world go around.