Frank De Boer struggles early in MLS as Pity and Atlanta United fail to fire

The Five Stripes won the title in just their second season. But after the departure of two key figures they have struggled to find a new identity

Gonzalo “Pity” Martínez was welcomed to the US with a song. As he stepped off the team bus, Atlanta United supporters chanted: “Él Pity Martínez, que loco que esta,echoing fans in Madrid months earlier where Pity sealed the Copa Libertadores for River Plate.

It was a fitting welcome for the Argentinian who, until then, shared only a single quality with the club he signed for: a brief but bright history. The chants showed fans’ expectations were high. But at the start of this season, neither Atlanta nor their new star have lived up to expectations. Reality is setting in.

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