Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Major League Soccer (MLS) team Atlanta United announced on Friday that the club and head coach Frank de Boer have mutually agreed to part ways.
The club will announce an interim coach shortly while beginning a search for the permanent replacement for de Boer.
“On behalf of Atlanta United, I would like to thank Frank for his leadership and commitment to the club,” said Atlanta United president Darren Eales in a statement.
“Under Frank’s guidance, the club had a strong 2019 season in both MLS and international competition. After discussing it with Frank, the decision was reached mutually to part ways. In winning two trophies in his first season in charge, he will always be a part of the club’s history, and with great appreciation and respect we wish him all the best in the future,” Eales added.
Former Dutch international De Boer was announced as the club’s head coach in December 2018. Atlanta United finished the 2019 MLS season in second place in the Eastern Conference.
But in the ongoing MLS is Back tournament, the team was knocked out of the round of 16 after losing all three matches in the group stage without scoring.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had with Atlanta United,” De Boer said. “Coaching in Major League Soccer and living in Atlanta has been a wonderful experience and a welcome new challenge. I will never forget the incredible supporters here in Atlanta, they are truly special. I want to thank the players, coaches and staff for all of their support, it has been my pleasure to work with all of you.”
The 2020 season was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic in March, and the league restarted in July with the MLS is Back tournament. MLS said the regular season will follow the MLS is Back tournament.