Atlanta United star Josef Martinez heads to Inter Miami

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United star Josef Martinez has been released so he can join Inter Miami. Martinez was the 2018 league MVP and centerpiece of Atlanta’s rise to prominence in Major League Soccer. Now, he’s headed to South Florida. The move was not unexpected, given Martinez’s struggles last season under United coach Gonzalo Pineda. Still, it was jarring news for Atlanta’s fan base, which had adopted the 29-year-old Venezuelan as one of its own. He even had a large mural painted on a wall near Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martinez says he’ll cherish his memories in Atlanta but it’s time to move on.

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