Atlanta United announced on Monday morning that Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra has agreed to an extension through March 2022 and have given him the title of Vice President to go along with his current job.
“We are delighted to announce Carlos to a long-term contract extension,” said Atlanta United President Darren Eales in a press release. “Continuity and stability are critical in building and sustaining a successful organization. Carlos’ proven leadership and expertise has been instrumental in building our club’s foundation. He has built an elite-level, highly competitive roster from scratch and has forged seamless relationships with our players, [Head Coach] Tata Martino and [Director of Soccer Operations] Paul McDonough. He has also been instrumental in building a top-class Academy which currently has five players representing their countries in the FIFA U17 World Cup. I’m proud of the work Carlos and the technical team have done to contribute to our record-breaking inaugural season, and look forward to working with him to further build on the club’s success.”
Bocanegra, a former United States men’s national team captain and veteran of world soccer, joined Atlanta United in March of 2015 as the team’s first-ever Technical Director. Since then, he’s helped build the team’s inaugural roster that won a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs and has helped develop the team’s academy that won the U-16 national championship in its first year in existence.
This was Bocanegra’s first front office job since retiring as an active player. It’s safe to say he’s hit the ground running and been a perfect fit for the ambitious expansion club. He’s been rewarded with a new contract and a new title within the club. Congrats, Boca! We’re glad to see you’ll be staying where you belong for the foreseeable future.