Atlanta United's Martino voted MLS coach of year

November 13, 2018 - 1:13 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United's Gerardo "Tata" Martino has been voted coach of the year in Major League Soccer.

Martino won his first award after guiding Atlanta through another record-breaking season. Backed by record crowds, Atlanta United earned its first playoff series win by beating New York City FC in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Martino, the former Barcelona and Argentina national coach, is leaving Atlanta United at the end of the season, reportedly to head Mexico's national team. He is staying through the playoffs.

Martino received 32.7 percent of the votes by MLS team officials, players and media. Bob Bradley of Los Angeles FC was second at 22.34 percent.

Atlanta United returns will play the New York Red Bulls in the first leg of the Eastern Conference final on Nov. 25.

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