General Manager and Chief Soccer Officer
D.C. United appointed Ally Mackay as the club’s new General Manager and Chief Soccer Officer on November 20, 2023. At 37 years old, Mackay becomes the youngest active General Manager and Chief Soccer Officer in Major League Soccer.
In his role, Mackay will oversee soccer operations for D.C. United, which includes player identification, recruitment, acquisition and roster development, integration of the academy and youth pipeline to the first team, and the management and oversight of the technical staff. Mackay will lead the club’s process to identify its next head coach. Mackay will report directly to D.C. United Co-Chairmen Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan.
Mackay joined Nashville prior to the club’s inaugural season in Major League Soccer and was tasked with both identifying talent within the league and across the global soccer landscape and recruiting them to join the expansion club. He played an integral role in the organization signing their first Designated Player in team history, German forward Hany Mukhtar, who was the 2022 MLS MVP and the 2022 MLS Golden Boot winner with 23 goals. Mackay also played a crucial role in signing American defender Walker Zimmerman, who was the 2020 and 2021 MLS Defender of the Year. With Mackay in a leadership role in the soccer operations division of the club, Nashville SC became only the third team in MLS history to qualify for the MLS Playoffs every year (four years) since their inception. In 2022, they reached the U.S. Open Cup Quarter Finals where they fell to Orlando City SC in penalty kicks. This season, Nashville SC reached the final of the inaugural Leagues Cup, a new competition between MLS and Liga MX, but ultimately lost to Inter Miami CF in a penalty shoot-out. During his time with the organization, Mackay helped Nashville SC to a 46-32-47 record.
Prior to joining Nashville in 2019, Mackay was a licensed player agent with the Stellar Group Agency, a leader in the sports agency industry. Some of the notable names to be represented by the Stellar Group Agency are Gareth Bale (former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Pickford (Everton FC and England National Team) and Marcos Rojo (former Manchester United). During his time with the agency, Mackay built and maintained extensive scouting networks in North America, Europe, South America, Australia, and Africa. The Scotland native worked closely on contract negotiations on behalf of players and coaches.
Mackay, a native of the Isle of Lewis located off the west coast of Scotland, was a product of the Partick Thistle Academy in the top division of Scottish soccer. After captaining the U-19 team, Mackay joined the University of Evansville to compete in NCAA Division I soccer.