Atlanta United sits in the locker room before the third group stage match in group E against the Columbus Crew at the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday July 21, 2020. The MLS is Back Tournament is the resumption of Major League Soccer’s 25th season after a three-month postponement during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jacob Gonzalez/Atlanta United)

Atlanta United today announced the club and head coach Frank De Boer have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately.  Also departing from the club are assistant coaches Orlando Trustfull and Bob de Klerk and video analyst Erwin Koenis. The club will announce an interim coach shortly while beginning a search for de Boer’s permanent replacement.

“On behalf of Atlanta United, I would like to thank Frank for his leadership and commitment to the club,” said Atlanta United President Darren Eales. “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.”

De Boer was announced as the club’s head coach on December 23, 2018, replacing Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino. Under de Boer, Atlanta United finished the 2019 MLS Regular Season in second place in the Eastern Conference with an 18-12-4 record and won two trophies, the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the second-annual Campeones Cup. 

“I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had with Atlanta United,” Frank de Boer said. “Coaching in Major League Soccer and living in Atlanta has been a wonderful experience and a welcome new challenge. I will never forget the incredible supporters here in Atlanta, they are truly special.  I want to thank the players, coaches and staff for all of their support, it has been my pleasure to work with all of you.” 

It was an era that never should’ve been, and now, it’s come to an end. Sadly, the parting is about nine months too late as the high-flying, tight-knit group that won the MLS Cup was dispersed at last season’s end. How the rest of the season plays out will depend on the next manager. If they go for another inept European manager it’ll probably be more of the same. If they hire someone similar to former manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino, the lads should be back in the driver’s seat.

Atlanta United will resume MLS competition following the conclusion of MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando. 

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