Gonzalo Pineda


Gonzalo Pineda: I think it’s very positive, even though it was a tough game

This one is going to go down as one of the most drunken, off-the-wall matches in Atlanta United’s history. The weather delay, the types of goals scored, the all screams “MLS-after-dark.” Regardless, the Five Stripes stole a point in the final moments thanks to a beautifully worked goal by Dom Dwyer, assisted by Brooks Lennon and the wonderkid Thiago Almada. Another injury report looms around the corner, however, as the team’s minutes-leader Andrew Gutman had to be subbed off, but overall it was an acceptable finish to a very tough evening. Now, if Atlanta United can shore up the defense somehow, the Eastern Conference’s parity could allow them a steady run toward the top. Here’s everything Pineda mentioned about the defense, the game, and the team in a very short post-match press conference.

Gonzalo Pineda: We gave them the opportunity

Unfortunately, “frustrating” seems to be another theme of Atlanta United this year. The Five Stripes went up to Nashville for some U.S. Open Cup magic and up until half time things seemed to be going pretty well. Thiago Almada and Luiz Araujo both netted goals (with Araujo’s being insanely filthy) with Moreno being a prime part of both goals. However, the start of the second half didn’t bode well as the Five Stripes gave away a penalty kick to allow Nashville back in it 2-1. Andrew Gutman also went down with what appears to be a collarbone or shoulder injury, and then came the variety of subs and the tactical change that simply didn't pan out for Atlanta United.

Gonzalo Pineda seeing the positives of Atlanta United's winless run

Three MLS games without a win and just one goal scored during that time; things are tough right now for Atlanta United. Their latest setback was a 2-1 defeat away at Inter Miami on Sunday - a game in which the Five Stripes took the lead through Ronaldo Cisneros, were denied at least one clear penalty, and dominated in almost every statistical sense.

Gonzalo Pineda: From my perspective, it should have been a penalty kick

I’ll just go ahead and say it, Jair Marrufo failed to do his job. He utterly failed and allowed his ego and pride to ruin the outcome of a professional soccer match when there is literally a system in place to keep that exact set of circumstances from occurring. I’ll be the first one to defend refs and the job in which they’re tasked in a fast-paced game where it isn’t always simple to see what’s happening. But when you fail to call a foul/penalty after being told to review it using a camera system that shows said clear and obvious penalty, you’re being irresponsible and the entire decision is inexcusable. And if you think Marrufo’s pride/ego didn’t play into it, just read his response to Joe Patrick’s question about it after the match.

Gonzalo Pineda: Maybe the story of the game could have been different

Atlanta United traveled to Charlotte on Sunday and wound up losing 1-0 off an Olimpico, which is nothing more than an embodiment of the luck the Five Stripes have suffered this week. It was always going to be a chore heading away and trying to scrounge points off a decent Charlotte side with an outstanding coach, but to pull it off with injuries and the soccer gods clearly being frustrated turned out to be too much. With that being said, this match has clearly upset the fanbase and divided many folks (more than normal). There were definitely mistakes and things to work on in all areas of the pitch, but there were some glimmering slivers of hope, as well, and the second half consisted of an Atlanta side that was clearly better, but just couldn’t open the door as they banged on it for almost 45 minutes.

Gonzalo Pineda pleased with early Almada/Moreno partnership in Atlanta United win

Three points on the road are always welcome, but Atlanta United's victory away at DC United on Saturday certainly wasn't pretty. The Five Stripes had to ride some early pressure at Audi Field, with the hosts pressing high and hard, looking to catch the visitors off-balance. To their credit, Atlanta United didn't break and made it through the onslaught unscathed which is an achievement in itself given this team's failings on the road in recent years.

Gonzalo Pineda praises Atlanta United's 'heart' in comeback draw with CF Montreal

Atlanta United's 3-3 draw with CF Montreal in Major League Soccer on Saturday showed every single face of the home side; good, bad, and ugly. After taking an early lead, the Five Stripes found themselves 3-1 down at half-time thanks to some calamitous defending and dreadful decision-making. A red card for Dom Dwyer just three minutes after he entered the field hardly helped matters.

Gonzalo Pineda praises Jake Mulraney after 96th minute winner

Atlanta United head coach Gonzalo Pineda hailed his side after they triumphed 2-1 over Charlotte FC with an extra time goal by substitute Jake Mulraney. The game was level after Adam Armour’s header into the goal canceled out a penalty by Josef Martinez. Each side was set to take one point home before Mulraney managed the 96th minute goal, striking home a cross from Marcelino Moreno.

Gonzalo Pineda: I See a Complete Squad

Atlanta United is back, y’all. Granted, Dom Dwyer scoring a beaut in an Atlanta jersey and Caleb Wiley hitting fifth gear to open up his scoring account on his MLS debut were NOT in the conversation recently, but sometimes it’s nice to be pleasantly surprised. Credit needs to be given where it’s due, though, and every player who set foot on the pitch for the Five Stripes’ first 2022 match contributed effectively to the most cohesive and fun team the fans have seen in quite some time.

On Thiago Almada, Gonzalo Pineda Plans To Play Him ‘As Soon As Possible’

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Last week after Atlanta United’s first training session in Mexico, head coach Gonzalo Pineda made an interesting analogy about the team’s cohesion. He compared preseason camp to being in the kitchen. He likened his players to a variety of ingredients and said that preseason was about trying to find the right mixture that would create the best flavor. Asked if there was a particular position or player he was looking at more closely than others, Pineda responded confidently that he was happy with the ingredients he has.

Gonzalo Pineda reveals Jurgen Damm no longer in Atlanta United plans

Jurgen Damm is no longer training with Atlanta United, with head coach Gonzalo Pineda admitting he’s not in the team’s plans. While his departure may have been imminent under Pineda’s new leadership, the head coach finally confirmed suspicions when speaking to the press while the team started its preseason training camp in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Thiago Almada: What Gonzalo Pineda expects from starlet at Atlanta United

Atlanta United head coach Gonzalo Pineda has outlined what he expects from reported incoming signing Thiago Almada. The Argentine is yet to be unveiled as an Atlanta United player despite his current club, Velez Sarsfield, announcing he'd completed his move to the United States in December - Atlanta United quickly rebuffed suggestions the transfer was complete.