For a team with so many talented individuals, Atlanta United head coach Frank de Boer knows he needs the collective to be greater than the sum of each player for ATLUTD to win more silverware.
At halftime of Atlanta's 2-0 loss to D.C. United on Sunday, ESPN aired an interview by analyst Taylor Twellman with de Boer, covering all things Atlanta United.
"You have an idea of your role in the team, and in that role, you can be very creative," de Boer told Twellman. "But the team is number one. I always say that players can win games for you but teams win titles."
De Boer starred for and later managed Dutch powerhouse Ajax, a club as notorious as any in the world for producing and cultivating young talent. De Boer takes that ethos with him to Atlanta, where he enjoys working with youngsters like Ezequiel Barco, George Bello and Andrew Carleton.
"Yeah, I love [working with younger players] because they absorb information," de Boer said. "Sometimes experienced players, it's much more difficult to change. The young players you can instill what you think is good for their career."