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Gerardo Martino wanted to manage the USMNT

The Argentine manager thought he would be offered the United States men’s national team job after winning the 2018 MLS Cup with Atlanta United.

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Gerardo Martino wanted to manage the USMNT

Gerardo Martino proved to be one of the best international managers to arrive in Major League Soccer. He became the first manager in the history of Atlanta United when they debuted in MLS in the 2017 season. One year later he won the MLS Cup in Atlanta’s second season.

After winning the 2018 Major League Soccer Cup, Gerardo Martino thought he would be offered the United States men’s national team managerial job that was vacant. The Argentine manager nicknamed ‘El Tata’ had a serious offer from the Mexico national team on the table, but he was waiting for the US Soccer federation to approach him.

After a few months, Martino never heard from the USMNT bosses and he decided to take the Mexico offer in January 2019. ‘El Tata’ has done an outstanding job with Mexico and his biggest accomplishment so far was defeating the USMNT 1-0 in the final of the 2019 Gold Cup to win his first international trophy.

Poor relationship with Atlanta United bosses

According to The Athletic, Gerardo Martino had a bad relationship with Atlanta United’s vice president Carlos Bocanegra during his time with the Five Stripes. He was appointed in September 2016 and by December their relationship was so bad that they almost parted ways.

The reason was because Bocanegra would not bring the players Martino requested for their debut season. Also the Atlanta United vice president would look for players without Martino’s consent.