Atlanta United and Portland Woods will be seen by the scepter of American football with two South American coaches. Will be the first time the MLS Cup will feature 23 Latin American players among the finalists. From 20 (22 hours from Argentina), in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
"In the eyes of South America, the league is increasingly credible and now more and more people look to the MLS as a future destination before the priorities are other," he said. the venezuelan of the woods, Giovanni Savarese, showing in the same line as the Argentine Ezequiel Barco. "People think it's a league that does not exist, it's for retirees, or say that, but it's a league that's growing, I'm very happy here," he confided. Infobae.
Atlanta will have in your bank to Gerardo Martino, O guru of the Georgia squad that led the franchise to fight for the title in the second year since its founding, eight players from the southern region of the continent.
Among them, the Tata will form with the Venezuelan Josef Martinez, who was selected as the most valuable player of the league by breaking the record of goal in a regular season, with 31 cries in 34 presentations.
The Paraguayan will be at your side Miguel Almirón, who could have European destiny. O Arsenal England showed interest in the Lanus.
Martino took the reins from Atlanta only two years ago to lead the franchise in his first steps in MLS. The owner, Arthur Blank, gave him the keys to the franchise and the former Barcelona coach lived up to expectations.
He filled his team with the distinctive talents of South America – especially youngsters -, gave his training an offensive personality and was instrumental in fellowship between the club and the fans.
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"They built something great in the city, with the stadium, the fans … I think they are an example and they did it in just two years, we have to give credit to all those who made it possible in that organization," Savarese said. opponent
But after two years in which he led Atlanta to the playoffs in his first season and to the final in the second, Tata will say goodbye to football, presumably to embark on another adventure in front of a national team. After his experience in Paraguay and Argentina, all put him ahead of Mexico.
Portland's Venezuelan coach, meanwhile, has completed much of his career as a player in U.S and debuted as coach at the New York Cosmos. There he also fulfilled the American dream: he excelled as a footballer, won titles in the big Apple as coach and, just a few months ago, he took over the Timbers, taking the Oregon to the final on his first try.
"You have to go back to the beginning of MLS, the relevance of South Americans in the importance of the league. His competitiveness, his talent … I think he has been good for this tournament, "he added. Savarense
O Building Construction, who already know what it is to win the MLS Cup (they won in 2015), meanwhile, they also have a large presence of Latin Americans in their team: Costa Rican Roy MillerJuly Cascante and david Guzmanthe Argentines Diego ValeriSebastian WhiteTomás Conechny and Lucas Melano, the Salvadoran Andres FlowersColombian Diego CharaDairon Asprilla and Victor Grove, the Cristian Paraguayan Walls and the Peruvian Andy Pole.
In dialogue with InfobaeValeri, dubbed a master by the fans – the Army of the Timbers – revealed the team's secret:The key is unity, the concept of what we want as a team. The idea is to be a small team, that when the ball is aggressive. And when it does not have, within that & # 39; to be short & quot ;, reduce the terrain and make good pressure. "And then he added:" Also the concept of fellowship and respect out of the field. I think that's the greatest strength. "
In front of more than 70,000 spectators in the modern and futuristic stadium, from the 20 (22 hours from Argentina), O Atlanta will come out to propose and dominate the game through possession of the ball, while Portland will embrace her role as Cinderella, waiting to go out on the counter with quality jugs from ex-men of Lanús Diego Valeri and Sebastián Blanco (They scored 34 of the team's 63 goals).
While the Atlanta he is the favorite, for his league tour, for playing at home and for having two of the league's most decisive players, Building Construction (5) have become strong far from their fief in all Playoffs, systematically leaving the teams better positioned than Dallas (4) Seattle (2) and Kansas City (1) at the end of the Western Conference.