Atlanta United coach asks journalist to move because of bizarre superstition
There are many reasons why Atlanta United couldn’t overcome Orlando City in last Saturday’s thrilling 3-3 draw in MLS – but fans are pointing the finger at AJC journalist Doug Roberson, who sat in the wrong spot during Tata Martino’s pre-match press conference.
Martino's kooky superstitions involve keeping things the same from previous wins – including reporters sitting in the same spots as before, and ensuring that his translator stays on his left side at weekly press conferences.
Despite an impressive Josef Martinez hat-trick, the home side was unable to push on and find a late winner in front of the 70,000 crowd – an MLS record.
While Atlanta is enjoying a fine debut season in MLS and look well poised to make the play-offs, fans will be left wondering if they'd be two points better off had Roberson sat in the spot intended for him from the start.
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) September 18, 2017
The Five Stripes are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference, seven points and a game in hand better off than seventh-placed Montreal.