Carlos Bocanegra given 4-year contract extension by expansion Atlanta United

Carlos Bocanegra, who oversaw the building of Atlanta United's player roster for its first MLS season, has a contract extension that will keep him with the club through March 2022.

The former U.S. national team captain will hold the position of technical director and vice president.

While Argentina head coach Tata Martino's South American connections were helpful in the acquisition of some of Atlanta United's top young talent like Paraguayan Miguel Almiron, Bocanegra and his staff filled out the Atlanta United roster with MLS veterans like Michael Parkhurst and Jeff Larentowicz as well as top Rookie of the Year candidate Julian Gressel.

Atlanta United has already signed five academy products: Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin, who are starting for the USA at the 2017 U-17 World Cup, plus three who will join the team in 2018.

Bocanegra was recently appointed to U.S. Soccer's board of directors as one of three representatives from its Athlete Council.

Atlanta United president Darren Eales: “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, 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.”

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