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Rumor: Josh Wolff emerges as Atlanta United manager candidate

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Could the former Parkview High School, USMNT and long-time MLS player be the first Atlanta United FC head coach?

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Rumors sprouting from Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl have indicated that Atlanta United FC has an interest in hiring Columbus Crew SC assistant, Josh Wolff as the club's first manager. The Stone Mountain, Ga. native joined the D.C. United coaching staff in 2012 full-time after announcing his retirement at the end of the season. Wolff was also Gregg Berhalter’s first hire at Columbus Crew the following year and has been with the team ever since, finishing the 2015 season with an MLS Cup appearance.

Wolff also has a long and notable MLS and USMNT career. He was assigned by MLS to the Chicago Fire in 1998 after leaving the University of South Carolina following his junior year. Wolff went on the play for the Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United during the course of his 12-year playing career, and also spent two years with 1860 Munich in 2 Bundesliga. Wolff appeared in 52 matches for the USMNT, amassing nine goals throughout his nine-year international career.

Wolff’s time with the USMNT gives him a close connection to Technical Director, Carlos Bocanegra. They also played together as Chicago Fire teammates. The former Parkview High School varsity soccer captain led his team to two state championships and has strong ties to the Atlanta area.

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