NASHVILLE, TN – Ally MacKay was officially named as D.C. United General Manager on Monday morning. MacKay departs Nashville after nearly five years as Nashville SC’s Assistant General Manager, named as Mike Jacobs’ number two in February 2019. The 37-year-old native of Scotland is now the youngest active general manager in Major League Soccer.
“I’m excited and proud to take on this role and have the responsibility of leading this historic franchise forward into the next chapter,” said MacKay in D.C. United’s press release. “There are numerous elements that drew me to the club including the city itself, the passionate support from the fanbase, and a massive and immediate opportunity for growth on the soccer side.”
“As I take on this role, it’s extremely motivating to reflect on the unmatched tradition and past successes of D.C. United. I have high expectations for myself and for the club and a strong belief that we can grow quickly and sustainably in the direction we and our fanbase demand. There are a lot of strong foundational elements already in place at the club that we can build on and improve and I’m eager to get started.”
A former agent, MacKay’s connections were invaluable to Nashville in building their inaugural roster, especially in bringing in 2022 MLS MVP Hany Mukhtar as the club’s first Designated Player.
MacKay’s departure leaves Nashville with a sizable hole to fill in their front office heading into arguably the most pivotal offseason in the club’s young history.