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Gonzalo Pineda feedback on Josef Martinez Atlanta United future

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Atlanta United head coach Gonzalo Pineda says he stays not sure about Josef Martinez’s future on the membership.

Martinez is an icon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, scoring a club-record 111 targets in 157 appearances throughout all competitions to assist the 5 Stripes raise MLS Cup, US Open Cup, and Campeones Cup titles.

Nevertheless, the Venezuelan striker’s relationship with the membership has turn out to be strained because the years have passed by, culminating in a one-match suspension final month as a result of ‘conduct detrimental to the crew’.

Martinez scored an unimaginable bicycle kick in Atlanta United’s 2-1 defeat to the New England Revolution on Saturday – a end result that knocks them out of competition for the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Previous to that match, TUDN’s Michele Giannone reported that Martínez’s agent has requested a gathering with Atlanta United‘s entrance workplace to debate his future, with The Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas including that the 2 events are ‘not aligned’.

Naturally, Pineda was questioned about Martinez’s future in his post-match press convention.

“I do not know the reply to that,” stated Pineda. “There are a lot of issues in place with me, with many gamers, with the roster, with every part. The one factor I can let you know at this second is I am very disillusioned at not making the playoffs.”

One level of competition amongst Atlanta United followers has been Pineda’s refusal to start out Martinez for a lot of matches within the second half of the season. Regardless of usually being left on the bench behind Ronaldo Cisneros, Martinez has nonetheless managed 9 targets in 25 MLS appearances (12 begins) this season, totaling simply 1,411 minutes.

Martinez’s sturdy type in entrance of aim has solely served to extend the strain on Pineda and his decision-making.

“My resolution, once more,” Pineda responded when requested why he hasn’t been beginning Martinez. “We coaches, we reside and die by our selections. We’ve, as you may think about, far more data all through the week, the season, on gamers. And we make selections based mostly on that, based mostly on what we see day-by-day in coaching classes. At instances I could make nice selections, at instances I can’t. So, we’re speaking about how good of performances now we have had within the final three video games and nobody requested these questions. However in the present day we lose and I can think about folks at this second ask these questions.”

With their season successfully over, Atlanta United will shut out 2022 at house to NYCFC on Sunday.

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