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Tata Martino rumored as a candidate for the U.S. national team position

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Martino has been mentioned as a potential successor to Bruce Arena, along with coaches ranging from Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio to U.S. Under-20 coach Tab Ramos. U.S. Soccer is expected to announce a caretaker coach to lead the team in the short term — including in a November friendly against Portugal — with a long-term coach expected to be hired in 2018.

Martino is in his first season in Major League Soccer, and his success with expansion side Atlanta United has turned heads, especially the way he embraced his new role in the North American league.

Martino had no ties to American soccer before joining Atlanta last winter, but the impression the former Barcelona manager has already made the American players of his team trust him, including current U.S. national team goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

“You see how he sees the game, in terms of his tactics,” Guzan told Goal. “How he sets us up on certain nights, against certain teams. You get a glimpse into how he sees the game. Not many managers are like that. He gives these guys the ability to do what they do in terms of creating chances and bringing excitement to the stadium.”

Martino is focused on leading Atlanta into the MLS Eastern Conference playoffs right now, but if he can lead the first-year club to an MLS Cup title — something done only once before, by Bob Bradley’s Chicago Fire in 1998 — the calls for him to be seriously considered as U.S. coach will only grow.