Dimitrios Efstathiou joined the front office as Vice President of Soccer Operations & Strategy on August 6, 2021. Efstathiou came to Atlanta United from Major League Soccer, where he previously served as Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs for MLS and Soccer United Marketing (SUM) and most recently as Senior Vice President of Player Relations & Competition. He reports to Atlanta United CEO & President, Garth Lagerwey.
Efstathiou oversees the soccer operations team for the club including leading strategy across Atlanta United and the club’s soccer properties. He is also responsible for managing the administration of the salary cap and player transfers. Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra continues to lead the technical department including player personnel and coaching staff management, performance and scouting for the First Team, ATL UTD 2 and Academy program.
Efstathiou worked at MLS since 2011 when he joined as Senior Counsel. He spent the previous decade working in law, including serving as the Head of Legal for EFG Bank in London. In his role as Senior Vice President of Player Relations & Competition at Major League Soccer, Efstathiou led the department that managed the player acquisition process for each of the league’s 27 clubs. He was also responsible for the maintenance and interpretation of numerous competition policies for teams. Among other duties on the commercial side, Efstathiou helped negotiate sponsorship agreements with several key partners for MLS and SUM, including Target, AT&T, Audi and Coca-Cola.