Atlanta United have formally introduced Garth Largerway as their new CEO and president.
Lagerway joins Atlanta following an unbelievable eight-year reign with the Seattle Sounders, the place he helped set up the membership as a regional heavyweight with two MLS Cup titles and two additional closing appearances, in addition to the 2022 Concacaf Champions League.
The information of Lagerway’s arrival in Atlanta comes lower than per week after he was retained by a vote of Seattle Sounders membership members. The 49-year-old replaces Darren Eales, who left for Newcastle United in August.
“I see the chance to steer Atlanta United as a dream come true for me,” Lagerwey mentioned in a membership press launch.
“The chance to tackle the chief government function at a membership with unbelievable possession, unmatched sources and infrastructure, and the wonderful fan help this membership has loved from the beginning, all made this transfer the right subsequent step in my profession. Actually, it’s the prospect of a lifetime and I couldn’t be extra excited to get to Atlanta and get to work.”
Lagerway has a giant job on his arms at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United have didn’t make the MLS Cup Playoffs in two of the final three seasons, however are a high-spending membership whose followers anticipate nothing lower than the kind of success they loved between 2017 and 2019 – when the 5 Stripes gained MLS Cup, US Open Cup, and Campeones Cup titles.
Nevertheless, main roster turnover must occur if Atlanta are to develop into a really aggressive drive once more, whereas a brand new goalscorer will likely be wanted with iconic striker Josef Martinez additionally set to depart the membership this winter.
Lagerway is properly geared up for the duty, nonetheless, having overseen Actual Salt Lake’s 2009 MLS Cup win as vice chairman and GM previous to his time in Seattle.
“Our foundational purpose from day one in Main League Soccer has been for Atlanta United to be a contender for MLS Cup every year, so we got down to discover a chief with deep information and expertise within the league and a confirmed observe file of success,” mentioned AMBSE CEO, Steve Cannon.
“Now we have actually discovered that chief in Garth Lagerwey and couldn’t be extra thrilled to have him take the reins of our staff. His physique of labor in Seattle and Salt Lake Metropolis speaks for itself. His expertise as a participant within the league and time as an government who has developed a eager understanding of each the soccer and enterprise sides of working a company made him the right match as we transfer ahead with Atlanta United.”
Whereas the appointment of Lagerway could be seen as an enormous step ahead for Atlanta United, it is going to be seen very in another way again in Seattle, with the Sounders reeling after failing to make the MLS Cup Playoffs for the primary time in membership historical past final season.
The previous goalkeeper’s departure will drive an enormous reshuffle within the Sounders entrance workplace at a time when Brian Schmetzer’s aspect remains to be very a lot anticipated to ship year-on-year success.
“I’d prefer to thank Garth for all he’s executed for Sounders FC over the previous eight seasons,” mentioned Sounders proprietor Adrian Hanauer. “He helped elevate our membership to new heights whereas additionally working laborious behind the scenes to strengthen our participant improvement pathway, information and analytics departments, academy ranks, Tacoma Defiance roster and far more.
“Garth’s mind, persistence and vitality helped drive the membership ahead, and I’ll always remember his imaginative and prescient for capturing the Concacaf Champions League title and the way he energized our followers earlier than this 12 months’s closing towards Pumas.
“Many individuals make up the mosaic of Seattle soccer historical past, and Garth is actually on that record of nice Sounders which have cast our membership into what everyone knows and love. Congratulations to Garth for taking over this totally different function in Atlanta, we want him and his household the most effective transferring ahead.”
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