MLS Atlanta United dumps Heinze as coach after poor start

Argentine supervisor Gabriel Heinze was fired on Sunday as coach of Atlanta United after just 2 wins in 13 matches to open the Big league Soccer 2021 project.

Assistant coach Rob Valentino will take control of as interim head coach for the club, which has 4 losses and 7 drawn to stand 10th in the MLS Eastern Conference.

A range of problems connecting to the daily management of the group caused the club’s choice, according to a group declaration.

“This was certainly not a decision we wanted to make at this point in our season, but it was the right one for the club,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales stated.

“Gabi is a talented coach and is undeniably passionate about his craft and the sport of soccer. We are grateful to him for his service and wish him all the best in the future.”

Heinze signed up with Atlanta United in 2020 after 2 1/2 seasons at Argentine club Velez Sarsfield and following United parting methods with Frank de Boer as coach in July 2020.

Heinze was under fire just recently for having star forward Josef Martinez train far from the club.

Atlanta won the MLS crown in 2018 in just its 2nd season as a growth club.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.