After winning MLS Cup in its second season as a club, Atlanta United struggled following the departure of manager Tata Martino.
They were thoroughly outplayed by Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, won one out of their first six matches of the 2019 MLS season and couldn't muster anything going forward. Martino's replacement, 49-year-old Dutchman Frank de Boer, became the scapegoat for Atlanta fans.
And out of the frustration and anger rising from the state of Georgia, the #deBoerOut Twitter account was born.
— #DeBoerOut (@DeBoerMustGo) March 7, 2019
The account is clearly satirical, but it provides something for the rest of the league to take joy in. Even some Atlanta fans can find some humor in it all.
Woke up this morning in a state of depression because of you. My son doesn’t want to visit me on weekends anymore because of you. I despise everything about you. No other fanbase understands what we have to go through. I just want it to stop.Resign if you have any dignity. pic.twitter.com/K9TPJcb5ep
— #DeBoerOut (@DeBoerMustGo) March 31, 2019
As most people expected, Atlanta eventually hit the ground running again, winning five consecutive matches without conceding a goal. The #deBoerOut account kept rolling though:
Am I happy we won last night? AbsolutelyDo I think De Boer should stay on as manager now? Of course not
If anything, he has given us false hope that we are back to our best. My son agrees.
Frank, I am thankful for the memories made with you as manager, but it is time to GO. pic.twitter.com/GhjQFP2ERG
— #DeBoerOut (@DeBoerMustGo) May 6, 2019
Since its five-game winning streak, Atlanta has lost two matches and fans are turning against de Boer again. The #deBoerOut account is using it to fuel the satire.
Every Atlanta United fan thinking we’d run away with the East after our 5 game winning streak: pic.twitter.com/AIygWJRzCG— #DeBoerOut (@DeBoerMustGo) May 27, 2019
Fuck this team. Fuck Frank De Boer. Fuck everything. pic.twitter.com/hIp5WJPhnb— #DeBoerOut (@DeBoerMustGo) May 25, 2019
Who said soccer always had to be so serious?
You have single-handedly ruined every aspect of my life. I quit my job this morning because I realized life is meaningless. I broke off all contact with my family. My son says that his stepdad Mark is his real dad now. All because of you.No other fanbase understands my pain. pic.twitter.com/mwc5sHjjzz
— #DeBoerOut (@DeBoerMustGo) May 25, 2019
Keep us laughing #deBoerOut!