Atlanta United’s Martino says he’s focusing on soccer, not contract

March 11, 2018 Atlanta: Atlanta United head coach Gerardo Martino during the match against D.C. United on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Atlanta.    Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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March 11, 2018 Atlanta: Atlanta United head coach Gerardo Martino during the match against D.C. United on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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For the first time showing a slight bit of annoyance with the topic, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino on Thursday said that his future with the club hasn’t been decided, and likely won’t be for a while.

“We are still in talks,” he said. “We want to prioritize everything we are doing on the field. When there’s any kind of news I’m sure the directors and myself will let you know. We are focusing on soccer and that’s all we want to say on the subject.”

Atlanta United leads the Supporters’ Shield standings with 63 points, one more than the New York Red Bulls. The team will host New England on Saturday in the first of the three games remaining in the regular season.

The regular season ends on Oct. 28. The MLS Cup will be played on Dec. 8.

Atlanta United needs a combination of nine points to win the Supporters’ Shield, which would be its first trophy. It needs a combination of four points to clinch a spot in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League.

Martino has been speculatively tied to a number of managerial positions, including Argentina, Mexico and the U.S.

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