Atlanta United decides to part ways with Frank de Boer
The Dutch manager arrived in Major League Soccer in 2018 and during his time in charge of Atlanta United he won the U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup.
Atlanta United was one of the six teams who failed to win a game in the group stage of the MLS is Back tournament and did not qualify for the quarter finals after three matches. After a sad participation during the tournament, the team and manager Frank de Boer have mutually agreed to part ways after almost two years.
The Dutchman was the second manager in the history of the club and he replaced Gerardo Martino just before the 2019 season. De Boer led Atlanta United to two trophies that year: the United States Open Cup and Campeones Cup.
Atlanta United was always one of the best teams and top contenders to win the MLS Cup since the franchise entered the MLS in 2017, but a poor display in the MLS is Back tournament led the bosses to believe the Dutchman had given the club all he could and it was best to take different paths before possibly resuming the 2020 campaign.
The decision was made official on Friday afternoon and an interim coach will be named shortly, but De Boer’s assistant Orlando Trustfull and Bob de Klerk will remain with the team for now. The Dutch manager’s record in MLS was 31-5-19.
“On behalf of Atlanta United, I would like to thank Frank for his leadership and commitment to the club,” Atlanta United President Darren Eales said in a statement provided by the team. “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.”