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Atlanta United fire coach de Boer

Atlanta United FC parted ways with head coach Frank de Boer on Friday.

The club also dismissed assistant coaches Orlando Trustfull and Bob de Klerk as well as video analyst Erwin Koenis. Atlanta United said it is beginning a search for de Boer’s permanent replacement and plan to name an interim coach in a few days.

Atlanta won both of its matches in 2020 before the MLS season was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The club didn’t fare well in the MLS is Back Tournament near Orlando, however, as it failed to score a goal en route to losing all three matches in group play.

“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.

“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.”

Atlanta United received an instant impact after de Boer took over on Dec. 23, 2018, replacing MLS Cup-winning manager Tata Martino.

Under de Boer, Atlanta United won the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as the Campeones Cup. The club fell to Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference final last year.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had with Atlanta United,” said de Boer, 50. “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.”

–Field Level Media

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