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Atlanta coach Martino leaving after 2018

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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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