Atlanta United looking ahead without Josef Martinez?

Robb Tribble
March 01, 2020 - 5:50 pm

Atlanta United earned its Week 1 victory over Nashville SC, 2-1. Joe Patrick joins Robb Tribble & BMac on his first-hand view of Josef Martinez's injury at Nashville as he tore his ACL in the right knee, the team announced Sunday. 

Once he saw Martinez was injured, he felt like he didn’t look sure of himself. "You can usually tell by player's body language. He never never looked confident," said Patrick. "He was shaking his head and as soon as the ball went out of play. He called for the trainers.”

BMac asked the dreading question all United fans want to know: If it’s a serious injury, what is the long-term effect for the team?

Patrick says head coach Frank de Boer makes a strong statement that if their best striker is out, they will have to go out and get one.

Fortunately for Atlanta United the team has money to get a striker and add to the team. Patrick says for their short-term solution Pity Martinez and Ezequiel Barco will help in the meantime.

Tribble is concerned about the season-ending injury for United but Patrick reassures him that “there is plenty of talent and it will not completely wreck them. It will change the expectations of the team and what they can accomplish. I mean right now this team has gone into the season wanting to win CONCACAF championship league, and wanting to win MLS cup. Yes, they could potentially win MLS Cup, probably not CONCACAF championship league.”

Patrick continues to speak about how United won MLS last year without Josef Martinez. Even without Josef Martinez, Atlanta United is talented enough to give the defense something to think about and making it harder for them to play.  

Patrick says United is mentally tough and this gives Pity Martinez and Ezequiel Barco the opportunity to step up and show what they can do in order to play in Europe.