Diego de la Torre was hired as First Team Assistant Coach on Aug. 12, 2021 to join Gonzalo Pineda’s coaching staff at Atlanta United.
After joining the Five Stripes during the 2021 season, Atlanta United was tied for the most points gained (33) with Supporters Shield winners New England Revolution and Western Conference regular season champions Colorado Rapids.
The San Luis, Mexico native has been in coaching since 2018 after retiring from a distinguished playing career. Before joining Atlanta United, de la Torre coached with Cafetaleros de Chiapas in the Liga Premier FMF in Mexico.
De la Torre spent his entire playing career in Mexico. After coming through Atletico Mexiquense, he made the move to Deportivo Toluca in 2004. Over the next eight seasons, de la Torre made 149 total appearances for Toluca, scoring 10 goals and adding seven assists. He helped Toluca win the 2008 Liga MX Apertura, scoring a penalty in the playoff final as Toluca defeated Cruz Azul in a penalty shootout. During his time with Toluca, de la Torre was also loaned out to San Luis and Queretaro. In July 2014, de la Torre made the move to Chiapas FC to continue his Liga MX career. He made 78 total appearances and scored five goals with Chiapas.
His final playing stop in his career came with Cafetaleros de Chiapas where he closed out his playing career in 2018 before becoming a coach for the same team later that year.