It’s a big pack of teams in the hunt, but Pineda said there is no extra pressure.
“Pressure is in everything we do,” he said. “When you are in Atlanta United, you want to win every game. When that doesn’t happen, you have the same amount of pressure.”
Fullback Aiden McFadden said that pressure is good.
“We want to get better,” he said. “I mean, regardless of the points, that’s the goal as a professional athlete to get better. So that’s what we’re doing today.”
And McFadden said that despite the team winning only two of its past 11, it is improving.
“We’re playing against a bunch of other very good teams. I think it’s just about getting the pieces to fall the right way,” he said. “We’re working on it. I think it’s a tricky thing, a lot of different pieces. And sometimes certain guys are probably doing what’s best for them and other guys are struggling a bit, and then it switches. We need to have consistency throughout the team. And hopefully, then some results will come, but I think it’s coming. I really do.”
When the improvement happens, the goals start coming and possibly the results, too, Pineda said there will be more belief.
“So these moments where we are not there, it’s important that we all come together,” he said. “And we believe in the process, we trust the process because what we do every day in training sessions is very good. And then most of the games I felt that we played very good. But we haven’t collected points.
“So now is the moment to continue. Just keep going, head down. Just work, work harder, work a little bit better, work a little bit more smarter, come together. And it’s very important now, and then we’ll start to produce points.”
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Atlanta United’s 2022 MLS schedule
Feb. 27 Atlanta United 3, Sporting KC 1
March 5 Colorado 3, Atlanta United 0
March 13 Atlanta United 2, Charlotte 1
March 19 Atlanta United 3, Montreal 3
April 2 Atlanta United 1, D.C. United 0
April 10 Charlotte 1, Atlanta United 0
April 16 Atlanta United 0, Cincinnati 0
April 24 Miami 2, Atlanta United 1
April 30 Montreal 2, Atlanta United 1
May 7 Atlanta United 4, Chicago 1
May 15 Atlanta United 2, New England 2
May 21 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2
May 28 Columbus 2, Atlanta United 1
June 19 Atlanta United 2, Miami 0
June 25 Toronto 2, Atlanta United 1
June 30 New York Red Bulls 2, Atlanta United 1
July 3 Atlanta United 2, NYCFC 2
July 9 Austin 3, Atlanta United 0
July 13 Atlanta United 2, Real Salt Lake 1
July 17 Atlanta United 1, Orlando 1
July 24 L.A. Galaxy 2, Atlanta United 0
July 30 at Chicago, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
August 6 vs. Seattle, 3 p.m., ABC
August 13 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE
August 17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
August 21 at Columbus, 5:30 p.m., FS1
August 28 vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m., UNIV
August 31 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., FS1
Sept. 4 at Portland, 5:30 p.m., FOX
Sept. 10 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Sept. 14 at Orlando, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Sept 17 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., UniMas
Oct. 1 at New England, 1 p.m., UniMas
Oct. 9 vs. NYCFC, TBD, BSSO/BSSE