September 23, 2021

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Gonzalo Pineda is Atlanta United’s new coach at MLS

Seattle Saunders assistant coach and former Mexican national team, Gonzalo Pineta, Agreed to the terms of becoming Atlanta United’s new coach ESPN.

Sound at Hart, who first announced the news of Pineta’s hiring, said the new Atlanta manager had agreed to take over “immediately” on a three-year deal, although it was unclear if the game would take place this weekend. Against LAFC.

Pineta, 38, has long coached within MLS circles, waited for an opportunity and was a finalist with DC United, eventually being replaced by Hernan Losada. His first season as a manager he will see one of the most important jobs in the MLS, Atlanta won three trophies in its first three years of operation, including the 2018 MLS Cup.

But recent seasons have not been easy for Atlanta. When Frank de Boer led the way to two trophies for five lines in 2019, he was dropped in the middle of the 2020 season, missing the Atlanta extended 18-team post season. Another top coach, Gabriel Haynes, was hired before the 2021 campaign, but was sacked by Argentina amid poor results last month, as well as reports of water denials and harsh practices during the seasons to be paid to players, as envisioned in the joint agreement between the MLS and the League’s Players’ Association.

In response, Atlanta is looking for MLS for the first time in its history after former Roma coach Palo Fonseca turned down the job. After completing his playing career with the Sounders in 2015, Pineta began working as an assistant in 2017. At the time, the Saunders won the MLS Cup in 2019 and lost in the finals in 2017 and 2020.

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As a player, Pineta wore the jerseys of some of Mexico’s biggest clubs, including Pumas, Guadalajara and Cruz Azul. He also played St. Louis, Puebla and Querétaro. Pineda spent the last two years of his career in Seattle, helping the team earn a double, US Open trophy and supporters shield, in 2014.

Internationally, Pineta has played 44 games for Mexico, scoring one goal. He was also selected in L-Tree’s 23-man roster for the 2006 World Cup.