Complete List Of Atlanta United FC Head Coaches In Order

List Of Atlanta United FC Head Coaches In Order

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Complete List Of Atlanta United FC Head Coaches In Order looks at a team known colloquially as “The Five Stripes.” Atlanta United FC is a Major League Soccer (MLS) team based in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta United FC was officially announced as MLS’s 22nd team on April 16, 2014, by the league’s Commissioner Don Garber. The man behind the bid was Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Blank’s commitment to soccer in Atlanta was evident from the outset, as he ensured that the club would have all the resources necessary to compete at the highest level.

The choice of Atlanta as a location for an MLS franchise was strategic. Despite being one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, Atlanta did not have a top-flight soccer team. This, combined with the city’s diverse population and a growing interest in the sport, made it an attractive destination for expansion.

The team plays its home matches at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility that is shared with the Atlanta Falcons. Opened in 2017, this marvel of modern stadium architecture boasts a retractable roof and a circular, 360-degree video board—the largest of its kind in the world. Though built primarily for American football, the design of the stadium ensures that it can be easily configured for soccer, providing an intimate and electric atmosphere for Atlanta United matches.

Atlanta United’s impact was felt almost immediately upon their debut in MLS in 2017. The club, under the management of former Barcelona and Argentina coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino, played an attractive style of soccer that drew fans in droves. Their inaugural season saw them break multiple attendance records, proving that the South had a voracious appetite for soccer. The crowning achievement came in just their second season, 2018, when Atlanta United secured the MLS Cup, solidifying their place in the league’s history.

Here’s a list of their head coaches:

1 – Gerardo “Tata” Martino (2017-2018)

Born in 1962 in Rosario, Argentina. As a player, Martino had stints with Newell’s Old Boys (1980-1990, 1991-1994) and Club Atlético Lanús (1991). In his coaching career, before joining Atlanta United, he managed Newell’s Old Boys (1991-1996, 2012-2013), Club Libertad (2002-2003), Cerro Porteño (2003-2006), the Paraguay national team (2007-2011), and the Argentina national team (2014-2016).

2 – Frank de Boer (2019-2020)

Born in 1970 in Hoorn, Netherlands. De Boer played for clubs such as Ajax (1988-1999), FC Barcelona (1999-2003), Galatasaray (2003-2004), Rangers (2004), Al-Rayyan (2004-2005), and Al-Shamal (2005-2006). His coaching career includes spells with Ajax (2010-2016), Inter Milan (2016), and the Netherlands national team (as assistant from 2008-2010).

3 – Stephen Glass (2020, Interim)

Born in 1976 in Dundee, Scotland. Glass had a playing career with Aberdeen (1994-1998), Newcastle United (1998-2001), Watford (2001-2003), Hibernian (2003-2007), Dunfermline Athletic (2007-2008), and Carolina RailHawks (2009-2011). Before serving as the interim head coach for Atlanta United, Glass was involved with Atlanta United 2.

4 – Gabriel Heinze (2021)

Born in 1978 in Crespo, Argentina. Heinze’s playing career spanned clubs like Newell’s Old Boys (1996-1997), Real Valladolid (1997-1999), Sporting CP (1998-1999, loan), Paris Saint-Germain (2001-2004), Manchester United (2004-2007), Real Madrid (2007-2009), Olympique de Marseille (2009-2011), and AS Roma (2011-2012). As a manager, before Atlanta, he had overseen teams such as Godoy Cruz (2015), Argentinos Juniors (2016-2018), and Vélez Sarsfield (2017-2020).

5 – Gonzalo Pineda (2022 -present)

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