Conti: Players want to win MLS Cup for Tata

John and Hugh
December 07, 2018 - 11:26 am

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Saturday's MLS Cup game will be the last for Atlanta United head coach Tata Martino. 

Martino, who announced he would not be returning to the team after the season ends.back in October, has played a key role in the success of Atlanta United. He was named 2018's MLS Coach of the Year, taking Atlanta Untied to a Championship game in the franchise's second year of existence. 

Supporters have shown up in droves to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in support of the club, and it goes without saying that Tata has been a big part of that.

For Voice of Atlanta United Mike Conti, he said the players definitely want to win the MLS Cup for their fans but more so for their coach.

"I believe these guys when they say that they're really trying to go out there and win this for Tata."

"Tata kind of took a little bit of a flyer coming to MLS, coming to Atlanta United," Conti said, noting Martino had managed both Barcelona, and, just a year ago, Argentina. "You know for him to take a little bit of a punt as they say to come to MLS and Atlanta United--that was quite honestly the biggest building block of the foundation of what this club has become." 

Conti said it was Martino's presence that helped recruit players like Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron to Atlanta.

"I think it's a real testament to the resiliency of this club--that they learn that their manager is not going to be returning, and they go out, they snap off two pretty dominant performances in the conference semifinals and the conference finals."