Donnelly joined Southern Illinois in 2012 as an associate head coach and left for U.S. Soccer in 2014 after leading the Cougars to a national ranking for results and for recruiting, as well as helping developing Matt Polster, who now plays for Chicago.
“I am excited to join ATL UTD 2 as the first head coach,” Donnelly said in a statement from the team. “I am confident we can play an integral role in the club’s overall pyramid and provide a platform for our young players to perform and develop while supporting the First Team. As the bridge between the Academy and the First Team, our goals will be to not only prepare and push our players, but also to put together a strong team that represents this club and the fans of Atlanta United.”
ATL UTD 2’s season will being in March. The team will help Atlanta United develop players for its first team.