A few things to be optimistic about Atlanta United in 2021

As we shut in on the finish of a yr we all want to forget about for more motives than bear counting, we listed here at Dirty South Soccer assumed we would say Joyful New Calendar year by listing a couple issues we come to feel optimistic about for 2021.

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Of study course, 2020 couldn’t finish without the need of earning points as negative as doable. Of value to all of us MLS has invoked a drive majeure closing of the CBA, and of great importance to me I just obtained a positive COVID-19 examination on Tuesday. Wonderful.

That apart, Atlanta United followers have substantially to look forward to in 2021.

Gabriel Heinze

Yeah, this a person is fairly noticeable, and has been talked over to demise by now. Nevertheless, the selecting of a new long lasting supervisor was the news we all wanted. Moreover, he takes place to be the one many of us were hoping for. This by by itself is motive enough to split out the New Year’s champagne.

Naturally, we never nevertheless know how factors will change out underneath Heinze. What we can be certain of is that the group will have a crystal clear eyesight of what it would like to be. That was not actually at any time the situation under Frank de Boer (possibly to the gamers or to the admirers), and Stephen Glass as caretaker did not have a eyesight at all. At minimum, not outside of providing some more youthful players a shot.

Will we see the attacking and entertaining soccer of the Martino a long time? I picture numerous of you are hoping so, and I assume the response will be…


Ha! Trick problem. What we will see is Heinze’s personal brand of Bielsa-impressed soccer, and it will be attacking and entertaining, but it will be in his individual design and style, not a person else’s.

Josef Martinez 2.

We can rebuild him, we have the know-how.

Very well, they do in Pittsburgh, it seems, which is is the place Josef went for his operation. That surprised me a bit, with the globe-renowned Dr. James Andrews just a hop and skip absent in Birmingham. But Hong Kong native Dr. Freddie Fu at the College of Pittsburgh (the foremost writer on orthopaedic sporting activities drugs) and his German affiliate Dr. Volker Musahl are reportedly first course too. In this case, only the greatest is very good plenty of.

And so, Josef will be again in 2021. A silver lining to the opportunity hold off of the season’s get started — which appears very likely with the CBA back again underneath renegotiation — is that he will have a little bit far more time to rehab and get again to conditioning.

And compared with Heinze, we know accurately what we are likely to get with him.

Butts in Seats

I, for one, am worn out of vacant stadiums and fake crowd sounds. Heck, even staying ready to listen to supervisors cussing out fourth officials is acquiring a little bit old. Sporting activities — especially qualified sports activities — are as a lot for spectators as they are for members. And with no spectators, there is a huge power void. That is specifically correct for Atlanta United.

I know I’m on the lookout through rose-tinted glasses below, but I am hopeful that at some phase in 2021 we will see significant crowds. Not just in MLS both, but at all games in all sports activities. Moreover, it will be a large indicator of a return to normalcy.


With that, so lengthy 2020 really do not let the door hit ya on the way out.

Content New Yr, all!

P.S. Whatever you do, really do not enjoy Songbird.

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