Atlanta United hires Garth Lagerway as president and CEO

Atlanta United has officially hired the Darren Eales replacement after they announced that Garth Lagerway will be leaving the Seattle Sounders to join the Five Stripes as president and CEO

Atlanta United has officially announced the hire of Garth Lagerwey to take the role of the club's new president and CEO. Lagerway was previously the general manager and president of soccer operations for the Seattle Sounders, a role he has held since 2015.

Under his leadership, the Seattle Sounders won both the 2016 and 2019 MLS
Cups, as well as the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League title -- the first MLS team to do so. The club amassed a 117-87-56 MLS regular-season record, and a 17-5-3 postseason record.

Atlanta owner Arthur Blank told the media, “We expect to be a championship-caliber team every year & I’m confident Garth is the right leader to build on a very strong foundation & help deliver our city what we’ve promised – more trophies & a club they will always be proud to have represented this community.”

Lagerway will replace Darren Eales, who resigned in August to become the CEO of Newcastle of the English Premier League. Eales was with the franchise from the very beginning, having led the Five Stripes to the 2018 MLS Cup, a U.S. Open Cup, and Campeones Cup.

The new architect of Atlanta United will formally be introduced at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 29th. He will inherit an Atlanta United squad that has experienced a lot of success in its early years, but also one that has failed to make the playoffs in two of the last three seasons despite having one of the largest payrolls in MLS.

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