Gerardo Martino named 2018 MLS Coach of the Year

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - September 03: Head coach Gerardo Martino of Argentina gestures during the international friendly match between Germany and Argentina at Esprit-Arena on September 3, 2014 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Atlanta United’s Gerardo Martino has been awarded the 2018 MLS Coach of the Year prize

The former Barcelona and Argentina manager saw off of Los Angeles FC’s Bob Bradley to claim top spot in the voting panel.

The MLS website announced that Martino had received 32.7% of the votes taken from players, media representatives and club technical staff.

Under Martino, Atlanta finished in second place in the MLS Eastern Conference with a record of 21 wins in 34 matches.

The Five Stripes, who were only founded in 2014, also scored a league-best of 70 goals in the Eastern Conference.

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After defeating New York City FC 4-1 on aggregate in the MLS playoff Eastern semi-finals, Atlanta will face the New York Red Bulls on November 25 for the first leg of the final.

Since taking charge in 2016, Martino has won 31 of his 63 games at Atlanta and has recently been linked with Mexico.