As a snarky soccer reporter in Atlanta, it’s hard not to roll my eyes at the optimism displayed in the article “Five Bold Atlanta United Predictions for 2023.” While it’s always fun to speculate and make predictions, it’s important to have a realistic understanding of the team’s current situation and challenges.
First of all, the prediction that Gonzalo Pineda will win the Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year Award seems far-fetched considering Pineda’s track record so far. While injuries and departures have certainly affected the team’s performance, Pineda has yet to demonstrate the ability to consistently lead the team to victories. Additionally, the suggestion that Pineda’s relationship with new front office member Garth Lagerwey and the addition of Derrick Etienne will suddenly turn things around for the team is unfounded and overly hopeful.
The prediction that Luiz Araújo will win Landon Donovan MLS MVP also seems questionable. While Araújo may have the potential to improve upon his disappointing performance last season, it’s unlikely that he will suddenly become the league’s MVP. The pressure of his high transfer fee and salary may continue to weigh on him and hinder his performance.
As for the prediction that Jackson Conway will emerge as the backup option at striker that the team has been waiting for, it’s important to remember that Conway is still an unproven player. While he may have potential, it’s risky to rely on a newcomer to step up and fill such an important role.
Overall, while it’s fun to make predictions and have hope for the future, it’s important to have a realistic understanding of the challenges and obstacles facing Atlanta United. Until the team can consistently perform and overcome these challenges, it’s unlikely that they will achieve the success predicted in this article.