Former Argentina and Barcelona manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino is in talks to become the coach of MLS expansion club Atlanta United, according to ESPNFC. The report also notes that the club has talked with former Seattle and Columbus coach Sigi Schmid, who has won two MLS Cups.
The Argentine tactician, who first made noise as the manager of the Paraguay national team by taking them to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2010, could very well be the club’s first coach for its inaugural 2017 season, but the report says that a deal has not been agreed to.
Martino, 53, resigned as Argentina’s coach this summer after losing to Chile in the 2016 Copa America Centenario final. If you recall, soon after that heartbreaking loss, his star, Lionel Messi, announced his retirement from international soccer, but only to return last month in Argentina’s qualifiers. As far as Martino goes, he has only coached in Paraguay, Spain and Argentina.
Schmid, 63, left the Sounders earlier this year and has not coached since.
Atlanta United is owned by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and will play in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
United signed well-regarded Argentine winger Hector Villalba in July, and former USMNT player Carlos Bocanegra is the technical director.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / MLS expansion team is reportedly in talks with Lionel Messi’s former coach