Why did Atlanta United fire Gonzalo Pineda just days after Inter Miami win?

Atlanta United has parted ways with the company Gonzalo Pinedathe Mexican coach who took charge of the team in his first managerial role in 2021.

Pineda's side recently produced an impressive performance against Inter Miami, beating the Eastern Conference leaders 3-1, but that win was their only victory in their last 11 matches. Over that period, the team fell to 13th place in the East. 24th in the MLS, and was slipping further out of the playoff picture. After the departure of Pineda, assistant coach Rob Valentino He will take over the job on an interim basis.

Club president Garth Lagerwey said: “We are grateful to Gonzalo for his commitment and dedication to the club over the past four seasons.” “We made this decision in an effort to move the team in a new direction. As we continue to evaluate all aspects of our sporting operation, Rob will have our full support to turn our season around in the second half.

Pineda's dismissal despite the huge victory over Inter Miami

The only bright spot in a bleak 2024 for Atalanta was last week's win over Inter Miami, in which Pineda's side completely outclassed leaders Herron. The Five Stripes are back to their best for 2023 at Chase Stadium, with a standout performance from… Thiago Almada In the midfield.

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Thiago Almada returned to his best form against Inter Miami.Nathan Ray SibickUSA TODAY Sports via Reuters Conn

The Argentine No.10 has not found his best form this season, not helped by nagging injuries, but he has lived up to his billing in Miami. Designated forward player Saba Lubjanidze He was also impressive, contributing two brilliant goals from distance.

Atlanta scored 25 shots against Inter Miamimore than double the number of the home team, and they constantly exploit the transitional space with sharp counterattacks.

But those performances have been few and far between for Pineda this season. One of the league Most of the talented and expensively assembled rosters seemed devoid of cohesive style for much of the year and rumors of Pineda's impending exit have swirled in recent weeks.

He will argue that the 2023 top scorer has been hampered by injuries Georgios Giakoumakis, who started only 50% of MLS matches this season. However, Atalanta's performance has fallen far short of what their quality suggests, and a change of course is becoming increasingly likely for this ambitious young club.


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