Atlanta United’s dismal 2022 season has in spite of everything drawn its ultimate breath. The marketing campaign wasn’t what someone anticipated, it for sure wasn’t what fanatics sought after, and for the second one time in 3 years the supporters are left observing the playoffs from in the back of the glass window. A past due Andrew Goatman purpose couldn’t erase a two purpose deficit in opposition to NYCFC Sunday afternoon, leaving the 5 Stripes with one ultimate house loss heading into the offseason.
The membership now sits able the place there seem to be extra questions than solutions. What’s taking place with Josef Martinez? Who’s going to be the brand new president? Will the brand new president in reality be capable to proper the send? Which avid gamers keep and who strikes on? Dependent upon the former query, what taste will Atlanta United have in 2023? What’s happening with Atlanta United’s scouting and analytics division and can the membership throw some extra money at increase those ‘behind-the-scenes’ other people which are so the most important?
In the end, the following 4 months are most likely going to be a curler coaster for Atlanta United and its fanatics, so buckle up. Within the intervening time, take a look at what Gonzalo Pineda and Luiz Araujo needed to say after the general fit of the season. And sure, someplace in between Pineda’s feedback and Araujo’s feedback, media did ask to talk with Josef Martinez. His simplest reaction as he pointed to other portions of the locker room was once, “Pineda is over there, and Bocanegra is over there,” implying that any questions on him, the state of the membership, and so on, might be treated through the ones two. Take it for what it’s value, however between his frustrations, his emotional reaction at the pitch after the general whistle, and the opposite well-documented episodes of Josef’s feedback, it continues to appear to be El Rey gained’t be in Atlanta jersey come 2023 until there’s a drastic trade someplace within the membership.
Atlanta United Head Trainer Gonzalo Pineda:
On how he would categorize this season for himself and for the workforce
“Smartly, clearly, no longer a excellent season as a result of we didn’t a minimum of make playoffs, which for me must be a will have to for our franchise as a result of our usual’s upper than simply making playoffs. That’s needless to say, so in that sense, it wasn’t a excellent yr for us and for me for my part as a trainer. After I stated that and sure, the actual analysis will take somewhat bit extra time. I will inform you that many, many stuff took place to this workforce all over the season. It kind of feels, once I began to roughly suppose how I’m going to investigate the season, it kind of feels like there’s 3 other groups in the market. The only we began, then the wounds got here after which we performed roughly the center of the season with a distinct workforce after which, the ultimate phase, now we have somewhat bit extra consistency. So it’s exhausting evaluation the entire season or the avid gamers, perhaps personally, the place they lose somewhat bit their companions, proper? So it’s in reality exhausting for me now to suppose the way to evaluation all of the season. However we can and we can to find the easiest way to judge the entirety and needless to say, the target and the start of the 2023 is now. And now we can suppose what we want to right kind, what we want to do to make certain that subsequent yr is a smart yr. So I wish to say that I in reality admire the fanatics these days, they have been the entire method with us. Their interest and the best way they confirmed these days, even with out the rest to battle for with regards to playoffs or no playoffs, they confirmed that they care in regards to the workforce. They confirmed that they beef up us. So subsequent yr shall be for them and we begin these days.”
On Santiago Sosa’s suspension
“First, it’s no longer an appropriate habits or language that we wish right here in Atlanta United, needless to say. Beginning with that. So we can make certain that all people, we teach ourselves, a reminder for all people to grasp what is suitable and what isn’t. As a result of that’s primary. Quantity two is that Santi is aware of what he did, is aware of that it’s unsuitable and he apologized. So I feel it must be a larger procedure for all people, no longer simply Santi. I wish to focal point on that as a result of you most likely know, Felipe, that during our Latin The usa cultures, the ones kinds of phrases, we have been trained somewhat bit like that. Even supposing that’s no longer appropriate, I do know that needless to say. We need to teach our minds on the ones phrases, as a result of I agree that the ones kinds of languages don’t seem to be right kind.”
On how a long way away this roster is from being an MLS Cup-winning caliber roster
“Smartly, what roster? The one who completed the season or the person who began? As it’s other. I think that the primary person who began was once nearer, somewhat bit than the second. The second got here out of somewhat bit the need because of many accidents and we attempted to re-do numerous issues with out numerous wage cap. We attempted to do what lets. A few of the ones avid gamers that got here in have been in reality certain, have been excellent signings for the workforce. However I think that after we regain Brad Guzan, Miles Robinson, Ozzie Alonso, the stableness of the workforce is best. I feel that’s a championship-caliber workforce. We need to see in different positions the place we will even enhance the workforce however that shall be part of the research that I’ve been speaking about.”
On how tricky it’s been to train “3 other groups
“It’s an excellent query. As a result of a part of my mirrored image that I already began, most likely in the course of the week, was once in spite of everything the wounds and the entire dysfunctional issues that took place, proper? As a result of we need to say it’s no longer simply Miles, Ozzie and Brad, it was once within the 5th sport, it was once Rossetto and it was once Josef [Martínez]. Then in the future in the course of the season, 3 complete backs on the similar time ignored a minimum of 9 video games altogether. So it was once, roughly, what we deliberate in preseason, the kind of soccer that we would have liked to play. Even the goalkeepers, for instance. Rocco [Ríos Novo], Raúl [Gudiño], they didn’t educate the entire preseason to understand how we have been enjoying out from the again or unbalancing the warring parties and the actions and the techniques that went in in the back of all over the preseason. After which, I made the collection of proceeding with the similar taste and the similar id of the workforce. As it was once going to be very exhausting for me to inform them, ‘Ok, not more enjoying out the again. Not more possession-based workforce seeking to unbalance warring parties, breaking traces. Let’s play direct.’ I don’t know if I had, additionally, the avid gamers to do this taste. I like to stick with what we did in preseason and at some issues, we noticed the advantages of excellent video games. That we did excellent video games however on the finish we couldn’t get the outcome, perhaps for the general product, what we all the time talk about in each bins, loss of sharpness. That’s what took place. It’s an excessively attention-grabbing mirrored image for me now, pronouncing ‘Ok, this took place 30 % of the season after which, how did I set up that?’ That’s a part of the mirrored image that I can take however for sure, it was once very exhausting to do what I simply defined.”
On what he’ll be doing to raised himself from a training point of view
From a training standpoint it’s to reevaluate somewhat bit what’s the most productive sport fashion to reach Atlanta United in keeping with the avid gamers that we have got and those that we would deliver. In order that’s roughly the a part of the mirrored image that I can do for subsequent yr. Then somewhat little bit of speaking about technique and one of the vital cultural enhancements that we did in our construction and the way we’re going to even enhance that to create an much more skilled atmosphere for our avid gamers to be just a little extra in charge of issues that experience took place with regards to control and self-discipline and stuff like that. So the ones spaces for me are the important thing ones: the sport fashion, the technique, and the tradition and we’ll reconsider that. Altogether as it’s no longer simply me, it’s my entire training team of workers that has been with me the entire time and I’m very pleased with what they’ve accomplished with me. They’ll lend a hand me needless to say to upward push in a greater method subsequent yr.
On adapting or adjusting his taste and formation subsequent season.
I’d say there are two issues: one is the way after which the sport fashion, and the sport fashion is coming with the avid gamers. The manner must be dictated no longer simply by me however the kind of avid gamers that I’ve. I imply if I’ve two tall quantity nines which are excellent in direct play after which I’ve two speedy wingers to assault at the again after which I’ve two, I don’t understand how to mention it higher, bulldogs in the course of the sector that win each and every 2d ball, why no longer enjoying direct successful the ones balls? After which yeah if I’ve that perhaps I regulate my taste to that, however I don’t have that, what I’ve, and which I’m in reality glad to have, is technical avid gamers which are keen to mix really well, which are keen to unbalance the opponent thru passing, breaking traces, seeking to create extra and higher possibilities than the opponent. I’ve the facility at the flank to isolate other folks 1v1, get crosses. I’ve excellent quantity nines so I think that we must do one thing very similar to what now we have accomplished. Now, after I stated that in keeping with explicit avid gamers that we can deliver and the precise avid gamers that can keep, I can attempt to say ‘OK, now the way is that this, perhaps the formation is that this, if it is again 3, again 4, whether or not we play with a diamond, whether or not we play with 3 midfielders, whether or not we play with two in a 4-4-2,’ in order that will trade however this taste may well be final or tweaking little issues. I’d say it’s going to be very exhausting for all people to modify utterly the way that we play. We wish the similar taste however clearly with higher end result, as a result of for those who take a look at somewhat bit at the numbers probably the most groups with with extra anticipated objectives is us, probably the most groups with extra ownership is us. We felt in those two bins is the place we have been missing somewhat little bit of sharpness, no longer simply high quality, however sharpness as a result of now we have the standard however most likely we couldn’t be that sharp within the of completion. So, we may tweak one thing however we need to see what now we have.
Atlanta United ahead Luiz Araújo
In this season and his efficiency
“This season was once no longer a excellent season for all people. We suffered numerous accidents this yr and that affected the workforce so much, however we all know that we need to paintings on numerous issues for subsequent season”
On what affected his efficiency this season
“I feel that it was once my first complete season right here in Atlanta. I will do higher, I labored in reality exhausting this yr and I can proceed to paintings exhausting. It was once no longer a excellent yr for all people, however I’m going to proceed running and hope to have a greater yr to lend a hand the workforce and win a championship for Atlanta.”
On short of to go back to the workforce subsequent season
“Sure, I’ve a freelance with Atlanta, I wish to come again right here and win right here. It’s the explanation why I got here right here, so I wish to give my highest to the workforce and lend a hand us win titles.”
On if the strain, or seeming tension, about Josef Martínez affected the workforce
“No, Josef is a smart participant, probably the most highest avid gamers in MLS. He’s a king right here in Atlanta. However we’re execs. We all know what we need to do at the box. The off the sector issues are for Carlos (Bocanegra) or Gonzalo (Pineda) to unravel and we should be concentrated, targeted once we input the sector.”
On having performed at a top stage in France and what he thinks the workforce is lacking to compete for titles
“I feel right here now we have a perfect workforce with avid gamers with numerous high quality. I feel we ignored somewhat the presence of avid gamers with numerous revel in like Brad Guzan, Miles Robinson, Ozzie Alonso. The workforce has to have younger avid gamers but in addition avid gamers with revel in, like what took place in France. The primary yr, we had younger avid gamers and we suffered so much. Then we jumbled together skilled avid gamers with adolescence and we gained the league. I feel accidents affected us so much.”
At the workforce being upset but when he feels just like the workforce is united and motivated for subsequent yr
“Sure, we’re united. These days you’ll be able to see we ran till the ultimate mins to check out to tie the sport a minimum of. We’re pissed off to not get into playoffs. Now we have a perfect workforce and should be there. There are issues we can be informed from and enhance in order that subsequent yr shall be other, higher, and we’ll compete with each and every workforce.”
As standard, come have a pay attention to the general steadily scheduled Twitter Areas of the season, and stay an ear out for some extra as we hit on any of the inevitable offseason shakeups that occur. Thank you such a lot for y’all’s beef up all over the season, regardless of without equal end result of the workforce’s marketing campaign.