Gabriel Heinze completes Atlanta United coaching staff

Gabriel Heinze will be the third full-time head coach in Atlanta United history

Atlanta United manager Gabriel Heinze completed his coaching staff with moves announced on Monday.

Joining Heinze on the first team are Mariano Toedtli, Nicolas Pavlovich and Pedro Mateo Leivas as assistants. Javier Vilamitjana will supervise fitness and Diego Navone will handle video.

Stephen Glass, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week, will resume his role as Atlanta United 2′s manager with Henry Apaloo as his assistant. Glass was the team’s interim manager last year. Tony Annan, who managed Atlanta United 2 during Glass’ interim move, will resume directing the team’s academy. Rob Valentino, who assisted Glass, is going to take over a player development role that is club-wide. Goalkeepers coach Liam Curran will remain on the first team staff.

Heinze was named Atlanta United’s manager in December 2020. The team is expected to start training camp on Jan. 25.

Toedtli, 44, is a striker from Argentina who retired in 2010. He worked with Heinze at his previous club, Velez Sarsfield in Argentina, as well as at Godoy Cruz and Argentinos Juniors. Toedtli’s playing career was spent mostly in Spain’s second division but did include playing for Sevilla in Spain’s first division.

Leivas, most recently technical director at Sporting Global, will serve as an assistant and aide in translation.

Pavlovich, 42, is a retired striker who also worked with Heinze at Velez. Pavlovich’s playing career included stops with Newell’s Old Boys (1998-2002), Banfield (2007-08) and Necaxa (2010-11), among others.

Vilamitjana worked with Heinze at Velez and his previous clubs, as did Navone, 38. Vilamitjana also has served as fitness coach with the Argentine national team.

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