How I learned to stop worrying and accept that Atlanta United might not be very good

Remember a few weeks ago when I said it was time for the Atlanta United fans to start panicking and I enforced it [redacted user name] In the comments you talk about the usual “DSS bypass” nonsense? Well, it’s time to panic. It’s also time to admit that this team isn’t very good and teeters on the streak of being bad.

It’s not worth repeating the same narrative of controlling possession, failing to convert chances, and being poor at setbacks. It’s the same story over and over and there are many ways to talk about it.

So let’s talk about why the team is not good at football at the moment.

  • The lack of an effective focal point in attack hampers the team’s ability to produce an end product. The intense planning around Joseph Martinez to return to full strength has bite the team at the back end, and they are now scrambling once again for a solution.
  • For some reason, the team is quite soft when it comes to defending in their penalty area. They are constantly bullied by other teams in the danger zone. This results in consistent goals and a confidence killer package for everyone.
  • Losing Ozzy Alonso seems to have ripped apart the team spirit. With the talent remaining, his heart and fighter instinct seemed to have evaporated in an instant. While it’s a bit grotesque to attribute all this to Ozzie’s injury, the timing seems to be perfectly aligned. The depth in the midfield is there from a talent perspective, but something seems to be missing from an intangible perspective.
  • Thiago Almada, Marcelo Moreno and Luiz Araujo are very talented players on their own. But in the same squad they occupy similar roles and make very little difference in attack. Oftentimes they all want to work in the same places, leaving others to stand aimlessly around them as they watch the play develop. This is a result of poor menu creation and layout.

These are just some of the issues that are presently presenting themselves. The season is not over. There is plenty of time for Gonzalo Pineda to figure things out. But for now, it’s not a pretty picture to look at. Feel free to get mad at me for being negative in the comments or airing your grievances.

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