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Five things Gerardo Martino says about U.S. soccer and his future

Before flying home to Argentina, where he hadn’t been since January, Gerardo Martino did an exclusive interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which has covered the franchise since its inception.

The entirety of the interview will appear in Sunday’s print edition of the AJC.

Martino, who is leaving Atlanta United after two seasons, leaves an indelible mark on soccer in Atlanta. On Wednesday, ajc.com published an excerpt of Martino saying he has not agreed to a deal to lead Mexico’s national team.

Today, Martino discusses the U.S. men’s national team.

Q. In October, you said that no one from the U.S. men’s national team had reached out to you about its then-vacant managerial position. Did anyone ever reach out? 

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A. Never. Officially and unofficially never.

Q. Did that surprise you?

A. No. it doesn’t surprise me in these types of situations. The people in charge make their decisions and that’s it.

Q. Was that job interesting to you?

A. I just want to say that aside from Atlanta United, any national team gives you a little bit more free time. I don’t want to get completely into the analysis. There are are different responsibilities compared to clubs and national team.

Q. But was it interesting?

A. It’s not my place to comment on that because I was never close to it.

Atlanta United’s search for a new manager continues.

 

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FOR MORE OF OUR EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION WITH GERARDO MARTINO, READ SUNDAY’S EDITION OF THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION.

IN ADDITION TO MARTINO’S INTERVIEW, THERE WILL BE REPRINTS OF THE MLS CUP COVERAGE AND POSTERS THAT APPEARED IN LAST WEEK’S NEWSPAPER.

Here are two ways of getting yours:

• You can purchase a copy of Sunday's AJC at retail outlets where the AJC is sold, including Kroger, Public, Race Trac, QT and Walmart.

• You can pick up your free edition in the lobby of our offices at: 223 Perimeter Center Parkway, Atlanta GA 30346 (Supplies are limited  to one copy per person.) The cost is $5 and supplies are limited.

Atlanta United fans hold The Atlanta Journal-Constitution special edition after the team beat the Portland Timbers for the MLS championship Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Merceds-Benz Stadium.  (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com)

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