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Atlanta United coach de Boer regrets choice of words


The United coach issued a statement before the game saying he didn't want to be a distraction to his team, then was asked about it after Atlanta's 3-2 victory over Mexican powerhouse Club America — the most significant victory of de Boer's first year as coach of the reigning MLS Cup champions.


De Boer, a native of the Netherlands who speaks several languages and sometimes struggles to come up with the right word in English, said he realizes that he made a poor choice.


De Boer, a former Dutch star who had short-lived coaching stints at Inter Milan and Crystal Palace, was hired by Atlanta United to replace the popular Tata Martino.


After a sluggish start, the team has climbed to second place in the Eastern Conference and will play for another trophy in two weeks in the U.S. Open Cup final.


But de Boer has come under fire for some of his blunt comments, including a reference to Atlanta United fans being "spoiled" when the team was struggling.


The Netherlands reached the final of this year's Women's World Cup before losing to the United States.






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