The pantheon of well dressed coaches got its newest member this week as Tata Martino was voted most stylish MLS manager. The Atlanta United manager’s look typically consists of warmup trousers, a black Atlanta United polo, and a track jacket weather permitting. We already knew that Atlanta United had the best kits in the league so it’s only fitting that the team’s manager would be recognized for his fashion sense as well.
His competition for the list included the likes of Peter Vermes:
Here we see Vermes in all of his glory. His suit, tailored but still keeping the hard edges and boxy shape of a man who thinks every soccer game should just have one goal and one goal only scored in it. The suit looks like its every fiber is straining to keep his head attached to his body as he screams at a player making a run forward when clearly the right option in his mind is to play the ball back to the SKC keeper.
Then there’s Caleb Porter:
Porter basically has one idea when it comes to fashion in a similar way he has a single belief as a soccer coach. Wear a suit and keep possession and try to drive forward in attack even if it means that your defense is always exposed and whatever you do, never try to find a competent replacement for Nat Borchers.
Some were surprised that Mike Petke didn’t get selected as best dressed. After all, the man can basically pull off a sweater vest and not look like he’s completely given up on life:
There’s no doubt that he has a certain degree of style and the key to the sweater vest look is wearing it with confidence. Still, as he does on the soccer pitch, the look does illustrate some questionable decisions, mostly in the form of the smart watch he’s wearing.
Tata does join some of the best dressed coaches in the world with the look though. There’s Antonio Conte who, hair plugs aside, always looks suave:
Then there’s soccer fashion icon Pep Guardola. Here Pep blends street and smart casual looks with white sneakers completing the look:
Then there’s fellow Argentine Marcelo Bielsa:
Bielsa might seem like an odd choice for the list, but he gets accolades for being an obvious sartorial inspiration for Tata and for generally conveying an image of the genius scientist in a movie who is the only one who knows how to stop the aliens from melting the ice caps if only the President would listen to him.