The former footballer came to MLS as a player in 2014 and would now remain as manager of Atlanta United.
Former soccer player Gonzalo Pineda would be close to becoming the first Mexican to lead an MLS team. According to ESPN, Pineda would come to the Atlanta United bench after Gabriel Heinze was removed from his position.
The Argentine had difficult situations related to how to lead the team during his first season in MLS.
So, the alternative could be a Mexican who has been familiar with the league for many years.
Gonzalo had previously expressed his intention to stay in the United States or emigrate to Europe. Everything indicates that the first option mentioned will become a reality: "I am lucky that it may be available in two markets, one might say, for Mexico and The United States are open the doors there, but if I'm honest, my real look is at some point going to Europe," said the former player at a press conference.
It should be remembered that Pineda came to Seattle first as a footballer and later as a technical assistant and worked for hand in hand with Brian Schmetzer. Now he will be able to direct his compatriot, Jürgen Damm.
Gonzalo came to MLS as a player when he decided to try his luck abroad in 2014 and accepted the offer from the Seattle Sounders. In that same year, his team managed to win the US Open Cup and the MLS Supporters' Shield trophy.
He announced his retirement two years later but stayed to work in his new role as a coach and a technical assistant. However, the rumors that he would arrive at Atlanta became more extensive when he was not on the team bench this Tuesday during the Seattle Sounders duel against Tigres in the Quarterfinals of the Leagues Cup.
So far, no official announcement has been made. Yet, in television broadcasts in both Mexico and the United States, he asserts that the panda's absence was due to that.
The Mexican player made his debut in 2003 in the First Division with Pumas. The coach in charge of guiding his beginnings was Hugo Sánchez. Gonzalo Pineda was part of the team that achieved the two-time league championship with the Clausura 2004 and Apertura 2004 tournaments and a Champion of Champions trophy in the same year.
In 2006 he was transferred to Guadalajara. He managed to win the Apertura 2006 title with the red and white shirt after defeating Toluca as a visitor.
In 2009 he left Chivas to join San Luis at the beginning of 2010; for the summer of that same year, his transfer to Cruz Azul was finalized; in 2011, he was signed by Puebla, and a year later, he joined the white roosters. From Queretaro.
Without a doubt, the Mexican will have a significant challenge when he arrives in Atlanta after the poor sporting results that the team has achieved since the new season began, coupled with the severe problem and trigger that forced the team to fire its coach.
They were the complaints that the Players Union expressed to the club about Heinze. According to the local newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the soccer players' union filed a complaint against them for alleged collective bargaining agreement violations, something compassionate in American professional sports.
Among the violations expressed in the complaint are having limited the amount of water that the players could drink in training, the refusal to guarantee them days off, and the obligation always to answer their phones and be ready to go to the training center at any time.