Atlanta United have undergone changes during the off-season with the appointment of Frank de Boer as the new manager, while influential players like Miguel Almiron have left the club. The players have admitted that the Dutchman has brought about a new system at Atlanta and it is a departure from the incredibly successful period under Gerardo Martino. The Argentine manager was able to lead Atlanta to a MLS cup title in impressive fashion last season and it was the first major title for the new franchise.
Hence, it is possible to expect goals from Atlanta once again this season. “We’re playing a variation of the system we played last year. So not everything’s completely new, but definitely some things out of our starting positions [on the field] are a little bit new. When he wants us to press and when he doesn’t and how he wants guys to rotate; it’s a little bit more zone-oriented than man-to-man. Little things that we still need to get used to. After every game, we watch a little bit of film, see a couple things we didn’t do well or how he wants to do it different,” said Parkhurst.