I thought it time to compare the Heinze era in MLS with that of Rob Valentino, who followed as interim manager, and Pineda, who was named full-time manager and has led the team in its past two games. It will host Cincinnati on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Tale of 2 Atlanta Uniteds
Atlanta United performance under Gabriel Heinze, compared to Rob Valentino and Gonzalo Pineda. The top is the team's average under Heinze, the lower portion reflects the time under Valentino and Pineda.
As you can see, the team has improved in every category.
Its 1.7 points per game would put it third in the MLS East. Its previous average under Heinze would put it 12th in the East.
Its 1.5 goals per game would put it eighth in MLS and fifth in the East. Its previous average of 1.0 would put it 23rd in MLS and 12th in the East.
Its 1.2 goals allowed per game would put it ninth in MLS and fifth in the East. Its previous average of 1.23 would put it 14th in MLS and sixth in the East.
Its 1.41 expected goals per game would put it in a tie for 12th in MLS and fifth in the East. Its previous average of 0.97 would put it last among the 27 teams in the league.
Its 1.39 expected goals against per game would put it in a tie for 14th in MLS and ninth in the East. It previous average of 1.54 would put it 20th in MLS and 12th in the East.
While the stats have improved, the team still needs to make the playoffs for the season to be considered successful. For now, it is experiencing success.
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Atlanta United’s 2021 MLS schedule
April 17 Atlanta United 0, Orlando 0
April 24 Atlanta United 3, Chicago 1
May 1 New England 2, Atlanta United 1
May 9 Atlanta United 1, Inter Miami 1,
May 15 Atlanta United 1, Montreal 0
May 23 Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1
May 29 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2
June 20 Atlanta United 2, Philadelphia 2
June 23 NYCFC 1, Atlanta United 0
June 27 Atlanta United 0, New York Red Bulls 0
July 3 Chicago 3, Atlanta United 0
July 8 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2
July 17 New England 1, Atlanta United 0
July 21 Atlanta United 1, Cincinnati 1
July 24 Columbus 1, Atlanta United 0
July 30 Orlando 3, Atlanta United 2
Aug. 4 Atlanta United 2, Montreal 2
Aug. 7 Atlanta United 3, Columbus 2
Aug. 15 Atlanta United 1, LAFC 0
Aug. 18 Atlanta United 1, Toronto
Aug. 21 Atlanta United 2, D.C. United 1
Aug. 28 Nashville 2, Atlanta United 0
Sept. 10 Atlanta United 3, Orlando 0
Sept. 15 vs. Cincinnati, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Sept. 18 vs. D.C. United, 3:30 p.m., Univision
Sept. 25 at Philadelphia,3:30 p.m., Univision
Sept. 29 vs. Inter Miami, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Oct. 2 at Montreal, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Oct. 16 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Oct. 20 vs. NYCFC, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Oct. 27 vs. Inter Miami, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Oct. 30 vs. Toronto, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Nov. 3 at New York Red Bulls, TBD, BSSO/BSSE
Nov. 7 at Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE