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Atlanta sack ex-Man Utd star Heinze after 17 games

Gabriel Heinze has been relieved of his duties as Atlanta United FC head coach, the club announced Sunday.

Heinze did not make through one season with Atlanta after being hired in December 2020, finishing with a 2-4-7 record in Major League Soccer. The team is on an eight-game winless streak, the club’s longest since joining MLS in 2017.

He also went 2-1-1 with Atlanta during CONCACAF Champions League play.

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Assistant coach Rob Valentino will take over as interim head coach with the club saying in a statement “a variety of issues relating to the day-to-day leadership of the team led the club to this decision.”

“This was certainly not a decision we wanted to make at this point in our season, but it was the right one for the club,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said in a statement. “Gabi is a talented coach and is undeniably passionate about his craft and the sport of soccer. We are grateful to him for his service; and wish him all the best in the future.”

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