It was tough for Atlanta United to go through such a challenging and very different season. There were many lessons learned, both for fans and for the whole organization. Moving forward, it’s helpful to keep these things in mind
There will be hard times and disappointing moments
We just have to push through as fans, especially for a team who’s always rewarded us with consistent performances. It’s important to remember that 2020 had many distracting and anxiety-inducing moments, in the country and around the world.
One thing we could be thankful for and highlight more is the sense of community the club has delivered. While it wasn’t heavily documented, it’s heartwarming to see what the club owners did to those affected by the pandemic and the charitable wings of the team helping those in need with their philanthropic programs.
There will always be players who won’t deliver
Players, like Pity Martinez, who we thought would be stalwarts for the Five Stripes, have departed from the club. However, in hindsight that turned out to be the best thing for both. Some players like Ezequiel Barco, whom we thought would step up, ended up not reaching expectations. Some players also had promise, like George Bello, who is not looking like Atlanta’s next significant development- yet. It’s a business; players will come and go. The best thing to keep in mind is that it is a team sport.
Some things are bigger than sports
Game cancellations are very frustrating for fans. However, we have to look at the bigger picture. There was tension, uncertainty, and the pandemic in 2020. We need to sometimes step back and know that during unprecedented times, we need to think about what is truly important in life.
It’s a new year and a fresh start for not just the club, but everyone as well. Hopefully, things can return to normal and the stadiums will be packed once more. Go United!!