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Report: Atlanta eyeing Schelotto, Milito as Tata replacements

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 03: Gabriel Milito of Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Mallorca at the Camp Nou stadium on October 3, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. The Match Ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Atlanta United’s targets to replace Gerardo “Tata” Martino both have close connections to the Argentine former boss of Barcelona.

Both candidates have represented Argentina, with one an MLS legend in the form of Columbus Crew midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

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Mundo Albiceleste reports that Atlanta United power brokers Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra are in Argentina meeting with Schelotto.

The 45-year-old spent his playing career with Gimnasia La Plata, Boca Juniors, and Columbus Crew, winning an MLS Cup and MLS MVP Award. He’s since been the manager of Boca Juniors, winning more than 60 percent of his matches.

Should that fail, the report says Atlanta would love to bring in former Barcelona midfielder Gabriel Milito. At 38, Milito has managed Estudiantes, Independiente, and O’Higgins.

Getting Schelotto to leave Boca seems a mighty ask, though things in Argentina soccer have been less than ideal. Milito seems a bigger risk. For all of his playing experience, he’s already had three managerial stops in four years.

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