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Atlanta United coach Martino leaving at end of MLS season

ATLANTA (AP) Tata Martino is leaving Atlanta United at the end of the MLS season after guiding the expansion franchise to unprecedented success - on the pitch and in the stands. He is reportedly in line to take over as Mexico's national coach.

In a jarring but not unexpected announcement, United said Tuesday that the 55-year-old Martino turned down an offer to extend his two-year contract beyond 2018, on the heels of the team claiming a spot in next year's CONCACAF Champions League and as it prepares for go for its first major trophy on the final weekend of the regular season .

Atlanta has tied an MLS record with 69 points (21-6-6) and can lock up the Supporters' Shield for best regular-season mark with a victory Sunday at Toronto. That would also ensure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and a chance to host the MLS Cup title game on Dec. 8.


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