MLS newcomers Atlanta United FC have appointed Gerado ‘Tata’ Martino as their first head coach.
The former Barcelona boss will take charge of the expansion team as they enter the MLS in 2017.
“This is an exciting time for MLS and I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading a team in an evolving league,” he said. “Atlanta United is a first-rate organization, and I’m very eager to get working and build one of the top clubs in MLS.”
“We are delighted that a manager of Gerardo’s caliber and pedigree will be leading our team into our inaugural season,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said.”His deep experience and success at both the club and international levels speak for itself, and his vision and approach aligns very well with our club philosophy.
“We’re confident in his ability to help build a winning culture both on and off the pitch.”