Atlanta United History: 2023-2024

2023

January 5 - Defender Alan Franco is transferred to Brazil’s São Paulo for US$2.3 million.

January 10 - Midfielder Marcelino Moreno leaves the club on loan to Brazilian side Coritiba.

January 18 – Forward Josef Martínez, the top scorer in club history, departs the club after six seasons to join Inter Miami. He leaves the club having won one MLS Cup and one U.S. Open Cup, as well as several individual awards.

February 3 - English coach Steve Cooke becomes ATL UTD 2 head coach, after spending three years with the Seattle Sounders as Academy Director. Jack Collison leaves to coach fellow MLS Next Pro team Huntsville City FC, affiliate of Nashville SC.

February 8 - Greek forward Giorgos Giakoumakis joins the club as a Designated Player from Scottish club Celtic.

February 15 - The club introduces a new primary kit, The 17s' Kit, inspired by the Atlanta United supporters.

March 26 - Atlanta United 2 play their first match in the new League, MLS Next Pro, the second-tier league for MLS affiliates.

May 18 - The club announces that Luiz Araújo will depart the club midseason after being transferred to Brazilian powerhouse Flamengo for a reported US$10 million.

June 7 - Brad Guzan becomes the first player in club history to reach 150 appearances in MLS Regular Season play in the away match at LAFC. He's only the 15th goalkeeper in League history to reach that mark.

June 21 - Tyler Wolff scores the 350th regular season goal in club history vs New York City FC.

June 24 - The Atlanta United Academy U-16 Team wins the MLS NEXT Cup title after beating California-based Strikers FC 3-1 in the final.

June 27 - Thiago Almada and Giorgos Giakoumakis were named to the 2023 MLS All-Star Game to be played by the MLS All-Star Team vs Premier League's Arsenal.

July 2 - Brooks Lennon becomes the fifth player in club history to play 100 Regular Season matches.

July 14 - The club launch a fully-dedicated Spanish website, es.atlutd.com, catering to the Latin American audience. The website becomes the second digital platform to offer exclusive Spanish content, after the Twitter account, @VamosATLUTD.

July 25 - Atlanta United play their first-ever match in Leagues Cup vs Inter Miami CF.

August 2 - Atlanta United sign winger Saba Lobjanidze as a Designated Player from Turkish Süper Lig

August 3 - Marcelino Moreno is permanently transferred to Brazilian side Coritiba

August 17 - Thiago Almada changes his kit number mid-season to number 10.

August 22 - The club introduce its second third kit in history, The 404 Kit, inspired by the cultural and global impact of Atlanta from the 90s to now. The kit was designed in collaboration with Atlanta Influences Everything.

August 24 - Atlanta United in collaboration with Atlanta Influences Everything release the documentary Inside the 404, looking back to the 90s and how Atlanta influenced hip-hop, sports, culture and activism.

September 15 - The U.S. Soccer Federation announces it will move its headquarters and build a new National Training Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Initial funding of $50 million is provided by Atlanta United owner Arthur M. Blank.

September 16 - Thiago Almada breaks the club record for most assists in a single season, with 15. The previous record of 14 was held by Miguel Almirón and Julian Gressel.

September 16 - Tyler Wolff becomes the first homegrown in club history to score five goals in a single season.

September 23 - Caleb Wiley breaks the record for most matches played by a homegrown player, with 53. Previous record was held by George Bello with 52.

September 23 - Atlanta United secures a berth in the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs after a 4-1 win vs CF Montréal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

September 28 - ATL UTD 2's Nick Firmino is named to the MLS NEXT Pro Best XI. He would sign a first team contract effective January 1, 2024 later in October.

October 7 - MLS announces that Atlanta United becomes the fastest team to reach 5 million spectators at home for regular season matches.

October 23 - Atlanta United names Sarah Kate "Skate" Noftsinger as the club's Vice President & Chief Business Officer, starting November 6.

October 25 - Atlanta United Digital launches "The History of Atlanta Soccer" podcast, presented by Piedmont, an audio series that examines what brought Atlanta, of all places, to the top of American soccer.

'History of Atlanta Soccer' podcast

'History of Atlanta Soccer' podcast

"The History of Atlanta Soccer" presented by Piedmont is a new audio series from Atlanta United that tracks the growth of soccer in the city, from the turn of the century to organized teams like the Atlanta Chiefs, Silverbacks and Atlanta United.

October 25 - Atlanta United Digital debuts the third episode of the long-form documentary series Rooted in the Stripes, presented by AT&T.

October 26 - Thiago Almada, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Miles Robinson are named finalists for 2023 MLS year-end awards.

November 2 - Giorgos Giakoumakis is named the 2023 MLS Newcomer of the Year, winning the award over Inter Miami's Lionel Messi.

November 3 - Thiago Almada is named the 2023 MLS Young Player of the Year.

2024

February 17 - The club introduces the Resurgens Kit, the club’s latest community kit, is inspired by Atlanta, a city that time and time again shows its resiliency and strength. The Phoenix, a mythical bird that rises from the ashes and is depicted on the Atlanta city seal, is featured on the back neck of the kit.