Gay soccer fans have been chomping at the bit since it was announced last year that Major League Soccer is building an Atlanta team. Now we’re chewing through our leads at the signing of uber-hottie Carlos Bocanegra.

On Monday, the 35-year-old former U.S. Men’s National Team player put pen to paper in a commitment to leave Los Angeles for Atlanta as the newly minted team’s even newer minted technical director. That means he’ll coach, scout and play MLS liaison on rules and regulations.

Bocangra’s proven leadership comes as former captain of the U.S. team, two-time MLS defender of the year, and 2010 World Cup team captain. He retired last year leaving gay fans with memories like ESPN Body Issue nudes and as one of several filthy-dirty Morning Fix jocks.

A fan favorite, Bocanegra is known for his explosive playing style, commanding presence, composure and strong leadership on and off the field. He served as captain for the U.S. team 64 times during his international career on the backline, and he played under elite coaches including Bruce Arena, Bob Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann.

“We’re very pleased to have Carlos join us as technical director,” said [Club President Darren] Eales. “With over 100 caps for his country, and experience playing both in MLS and top European Leagues, he will bring a special skill set and presence to our club. He has an excellent reputation as a mature, confident leader and we have no doubt that he will thrive in the front office as much as he did on the pitch.”

Indeed. Plus abs for days in endless sexy shirtless photos. Just sayin’. Check them out below, and welcome to Atlanta, Carlos! And welcome to our stable of soccer players who could hit it: Anton Hysen, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, and our round up of 2014’s 50 hottest World Cup jocks.