Atlanta United History: 2014-2016


April 16 - Major League Soccer awards an expansion team to the city of Atlanta, with Arthur M. Blank as the Club owner.

September 10 - Darren Eales becomes the club’s first employee and President.


March 2 - Carlos Bocanegra is announced as Technical Director

July 7 – The club reveal the official colors, crest and the name “Atlanta United FC” at SoHo Lounge in Midtown Atlanta.

August 24 - Arthur M. Blank Sports & Entertainment announce Mercedes-Benz as the new stadium naming rights partner. Mercedes-Benz Stadium will become the home for Atlanta United and the Atlanta Falcons.


Jan 25, 2016 – The 23-year old Greek goalkeeper Alexander Tambakis becomes the first Atlanta United player in history.

April 14 - Atlanta United name former Premier League player Richard Money as the club's first Academy Director.

April 18 - Atlanta United announce the construction of the club's training ground in Marietta, Georgia.

June 9 - Andrew Carleton signs as the club’s first homegrown player

July 12 - American Family Insurance is announced as Atlanta United's first kit sponsor

July 6- Paraguayan attacker Héctor “Tito” Villalba signs as Atlanta United's first Designated Player


September 27 – Argentinean Gerardo “Tata” Martino introduced as club’s first head coach, after having managed a handful of clubs in his home country, and more recently FC Barcelona and the Argentina National Team.

November 16 – The club's first kit, the 5-Stripes Kit, is revealed at the Tabernacle.

December 5 – Paraguayan international Miguel Almirón signs as the club’s second Designated Player.


December 11 – 32-year old defender Michael Parkhurst signs with the club in a trade with Columbus Crew. He would become Atlanta United’s first captain