Garth Lagerwey named president and CEO of Atlanta United FC |  Atlanta United F.C.

Garth Lagerwey named president and CEO of Atlanta United FC | Atlanta United F.C.

ATLANTE – Atlanta United FC announced today that Garth Lagerwey has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Lagerwey, most recently general manager and president of football for Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, has signed a multi-year contract and will take charge of Atlanta United, Atlanta United 2 and Atlanta United Academy effective immediately. today.

Lagerwey arrives in Atlanta after a very successful run in Seattle where he led the Sounders to the 2022 Concacaf Champions League title earlier this year, as well as the MLS Cup championships in 2019 and 2016 and made the MLS Cup final on two other occasions. His team Sounders also reached the League Cup final in 2021.

Prior to his move to Seattle, Lagerwey served as general manager and senior vice president of football operations for Real Salt Lake of MLS, guiding the team to their only MLS title in 2009 and another MLS Cup Final appearance. . Its Salt Lake sides also reached the US Open Cup final in 2013 and in 2011 RSL became the first MLS side to reach the Concacaf Champions League final.

After graduating from Duke University in 1994, Lagerwey played five seasons as a goaltender in MLS with the Kansas City Wizards, Dallas Burn and Miami Fusion. He then earned his JD from Georgetown School of Law in 2004.

“Our fundamental goal from day one of Major League Soccer has been for Atlanta United to be an MLS Cup contender every year, so we decided to find a leader with deep knowledge and experience of the league and experience. proven track record of success,” said AMBSE CEO Steve Cannon. “We have certainly found that leader in Garth Lagerwey and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him take the reins of our team. His work in Seattle and Salt Lake City speaks for itself. His experience as a player in the league and his time as an executive who developed a deep understanding of the footballing and business aspects of running an organization made him the perfect fit as we move forward with Atlanta United.

Buoyed by Seattle’s victory in the Concacaf Champions League, Lagerwey was selected as the top manager at the 2022 World Football Summit. He was named MLS Sporting Director of the Year at the end of the league season of Seattle’s 2019 MLS Cup and has served as co-chairman of the MLS Football Directors Committee since 2018. The academies he oversees in Seattle and Salt Lake have won multiple championships and his MLS clubs have qualified for the playoffs with four different head coaches and won 24 home playoff games. The teams he managed qualified for the MLS playoffs for a remarkable 14 consecutive seasons from 2008 to 2021.

“I see the opportunity to lead Atlanta United as a dream come true for me,” Lagerwey said. “The opportunity to take on the role of Managing Director at a club with incredible ownership, unrivaled resources and infrastructure, and the incredible fan support this club has enjoyed from the start, made this decision the next one. perfect step in my career. Honestly, this is the chance of a lifetime and I couldn’t be more excited to arrive in Atlanta and get to work.

Lagerwey is from Elmhurst, Illinois and he and his wife, Hilary, are the parents of three sons (Bennett, Finn and Sam).

The search was led by Cannon and AMBSE’s Director of Human Resources, Tim Goodly, with support from the winning recruiting firm, Sportsology Group.


“I enjoyed getting to know Garth through this process and it became clear why success has followed him throughout his career. We expect to be a championship caliber team on and off the pitch every year. and I’m confident that Garth is the right leader to build on a very strong foundation and help deliver our city and our fans what we promised – more trophies and a club they will always be proud to have represented this community .

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