Atlanta United have hired Gabriel Heinze as manager on a two-year contract.

"This is a milestone moment in Atlanta United history, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome Gabriel as our next head coach," club president Darren Eales said.

"Gabriel's playing philosophy and commitment to youth development closely align with our ideas at Atlanta United, and we are happy to welcome him as we move into our club's next chapter."

Heinze will replace Frank de Boer, who was sacked in July.