What They're Saying: Tata Martino

"Here’s something that’s very important: The reality is not what happened with Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez. That’s something that happens very rarely. All players need time. The players you buy for $1 million, $2 million, $10 million, this happens with the top teams in the world. The players have gotten there and sometimes haven’t gotten the results that are wanted. Sometimes, they never do. But, in his case, he just got there. It’s too soon. What the fans of Atlanta United should have no doubt is they have an exceptional player."

-- Former Atlanta United coach Tata Martino, in Atlanta to promote Mexico's game against Venezuela on June 5 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, on Atlanta fans needing to have patience with Pity Martinez, who doesn't have a goal or assist in six MLS appearances. Almiron and Josef Martinez were instant successes in MLS two years ago. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
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