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Atlanta United has appointed Gabriel Heinze as head coach to a two-year contract, the MLS club announced Friday.
Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain defender Heinze replaces Frank de Boer, who left Atlanta by mutual consent in July.
Heinze comes after leading Vélez Sarsfield to third place in 2019-20, having joined the Argentine team in 2017.
The 42-year-old, 72-time Argentine international was also in charge of Argentinos Juniors (2016-17) and Godoy Cruz (2015).
“I am excited to take up this new challenge with Atlanta United,” said Heinze, who won the Premier League with United and LaLiga with Madrid.
“I think my football philosophy is aligned with the vision of the club and its structure and facilities are world class. I can’t wait to meet the players, staff and fans and get down to business in 2021. “
A new leader for a new era of #ATLUTD.
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Atlanta President Darren Eales added: “This is a historic moment in Atlanta United history, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Gabriel as our next head coach.
“We searched extensively for this important hire and Gabriel quickly emerged as the number one candidate. Gabriel is one of the best coaches in South American soccer and we are delighted that he chose Atlanta United.
“While his resume speaks for itself, Gabriel’s playing philosophy and commitment to youth development align closely with our ideas at Atlanta United, and we are happy to welcome him as we move into the next chapter of our club”.
Atlanta did not qualify for the MLS playoffs this season after finishing 12th.