Valentino reportedly interviewed for the vacant managerial job at Real Salt Lake after resuming his role as an assistant, as was reported by The Athletic in September.
After a professional playing career, Valentino, 35, joined Atlanta United in 2018 as an assistant with Atlanta United 2. He joined the first team as an assistant before the 2019 season under Frank de Boer. Valentino is credited with helping the development of centerback Miles Robinson, who is a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year and is now a consistent starter for the U.S. men’s national team, and George Campbell, and fullback George Bello, who this year received his first call-ups to the U.S. team.
Valentino and the assistants often work with the first team on set pieces. The team has scored 10 goals from set pieces this season.
“Since Rob joined the club in 2018, he’s exemplified a club-first attitude and personality that is the type of coach we want to have in our organization,” Atlanta United Vice President Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement from the club. “Serving as interim first-team head coach, he did a remarkable job of leading the group that set the foundation for a great second half of the season. We’re looking forward to Rob continuing to play a key role here, while also working on his own development.”