|Kick Off: Martino departure set | Altidore shut down | Team of the Week
Here is everything you need to know about MLS and North American soccer today:
Tata Martino to depart Atlanta United
Officially ending weeks of speculation, Atlanta United announced Tuesday morning that head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino will leave Atlanta after the 2018 season. A team statement said Tata declined to extend his contract for personal reasons. READ MORE
With head coach Tata Martino’s future up in the air, AS Argentina reports that Atlanta United have opened negotiations with a potential replacement well-known in MLS parts: Boca Juniors boss Guillermo Barros Schelotto. READ MORE
It all comes down to this…
Join Susannah Collins, Calen Carr, Bobby Warshaw, Matt Doyle and special guest Jimmy Conrad on Sunday as MLSsoccer.com sets the stage for a drama-filled Week 35 with “Decision Day Central presented by AT&T”.
Tune in for an hour of in-depth pregame coverage (3:30 pm ET) and an hour of postgame expert analysis (7 pm ET) – all streaming live on MLSsoccer.com and MLS social platforms.
To get you ready, Tom Bogert recaps everything that will be on the line on closing day. READ MORE
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Kljestan ready to halt Red Bulls charge
One of the Decision Day match-ups will see Orlando City playmaker Sacha Kljestan battle his former employers in New York. And he says the game plan is to derail the Red Bulls’ drive for the Supporters Shield. READ MORE
Altidore set for ankle surgery
Toronto FC strike ace Jozy Altidore has been ruled out for Sunday’s season-closing visit from Atlanta United. The US international is set for an operation to remove a bone fragment from his right ankle. READ MORE
Week 34 honor roll
Nico Lodeiro led Week 34 with 1,331 points in the Audi Player Index. | MLSsoccer.com
For the third time in the last four weeks, influential D.C. United skipper Wayne Rooney has been named to our MLS Team of the Week. Meanwhile, the star trio of Lucho Acosta, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nicolas Lodeiro each earned their sixth nods of the season. READ MORE
Report: Quakes take up Wondo option
According to the local Mercury News, San Jose have decided to pick up the 2019 option on strike star Chris Wondolowski. The 35-year-old heads into the final day of the season one goal shy of Landon Donovan’s all-time league record. READ MORE
Waston headed for BC Place exit?
Costa Rican sports outlet Yashin Quesada claims that Kendall Waston is all set to leave Vancouver during the offseason. Apparently still bothered by the firing of coach Carl Robinson, the 30-year-old center back is reportedly weighing offers from other MLS clubs, Europe and Asia. READ MORE
Whose shirt tops the table?
It should come as no surprise that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s LA Galaxy jersey came in at No. 1 on the list of the 25 top selling MLS shirts of 2018. Among clubs, Atlanta United stood tops with five players in the ranking, including two of the top five and three in the top 10. READ MORE
Andrew & Bobby hit Instant Replay on the weekend’s tough calls