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Report: Scott Donnelly departs as head coach of ATL UTD 2

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The USL Championship club will be in search of a new man in charge in 2019.

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The Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas, the AJC’s Doug Roberson and ProSoccerUSA’s Mitchell Northam are reporting that ATL UTD 2 head coach Scott Donnelly has stepped aside from the Atlanta United organization to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Donnelly joined ATL UTD 2 after a spell with U.S. Soccer, including roles as a U-17 and U-18 assistant. He also coached collegiately at the Division I and Division II levels. While with ATL UTD 2, he coached and helped develop several key prospects that figure to be a large part of the Atlanta United first team in the near future. SuperDraft pick Jon Gallagher, who scored 6 goals, was a mainstay in the lineup, while homegrowns Andrew Carleton, Lagos Kunga and George Bello cracked the starting XI at various points of the campaign. A number of Academy products like Ale Castro, Dylan Gaither and Jackson Conway featured with the club as well, with Castro and Conway signing professional contracts.

It will be interesting to see if the club hires from within the organization or brings in an outside voice, potentially one with ties to incoming Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer. We’ll update you once we hear more.