Atlanta United has a new manager! The club announced they have hired former Seattle Sounders assistant Gonzalo Pineda as their new head coach.
Pineda will be under contract through the 2024 season.
Rob Valentino will continue to serve as interim coach for the club’s next two games.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Gonzalo as the head coach of Atlanta United,” Club President Darren Eales said. “Building off an illustrious international playing career, Gonzalo joined Seattle’s coaching staff and played an integral role in the club’s success over the last few years. He has a thorough understanding of MLS and has proven to be one of the top assistants in the league. He is a great fit for our club from a cultural and technical perspective, and we’re excited to have a long-term commitment in place.”
The club announced that Valentino will remain on Pineda's staff as an assistant along with goalkeeping Coach Liam Curran. Pineda will bring Diego de la Torre with him as an assistant.
One of the highest-regarded assistant coaches in Major League Soccer, the 38-year-old Pineda has been an influential member of Seattle’s coaching staff for five seasons, helping guide the club to three MLS Cup appearances, including winning it in 2019. As a player, Pineda spent 11 seasons playing in Liga MX, two in MLS and represented Mexico at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.