Frank de Boer downplayed Atlanta United's expectations this season following a 1-1 draw against FC Cincinnati. 

“Of course they [Atlanta fans] were a little spoiled with the results of last season. Everybody expected [similar results], and that’s also normal," said de Boer.

De Boer added that Atlanta must adjust to teams playing deeper against his side.

“It’s always very difficult against a team that plays so good organized with so many people in their own half. I played for a long time with Ajax and as a coach, teams expect you to just expect you to create chances and play in their own half. That’s the most difficult to play as a football team...We have to accept that and have to understand what kind of moments when you have to play long and when you have to play in between the lines.”