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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—One of the catalysts for the great showing of Atlanta United FC this year in Major League Soccer has signed a multi-year contract extension with the team.
Based on the news item on the official website of United FC, Rob Valentino will continue to hold on to the role as one of the assistant coaches of the team until the 2024 MLS season.
Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said Valentino deserved the contract extension because of the tremendous job he did to the team this year especially the playoff slot.
“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,” Bocanegra said. “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,” Bocanegra added.
Before the hiring of Gonzalo Pineda, Valentino was designated as the interim head coach of the team.
In his media interview as the interim head coach of the team, Valentino has vowed to mentor the players.
Mentoring players is not new for Valentino since he also mentored the promising young players of United FC namely George Bello and Miles Robinson who are now part of the United States Men’s Soccer team (USMNT).
“There’s more to these guys than just being athletes,” Valentino said.
Valentino originally joined the club on Jan. 23, 2018, as an assistant coach for Atlanta United 2’s inaugural season. He was then promoted to the First Team as an assistant coach under Frank de Boer for the 2019 and 2020 MLS seasons and continued to serve as an assistant for interim head coach Stephen Glass during the end of the 2020 season. He began the 2021 season as a club coach, specifically to aid in player development, and then re-joined the First Team staff as interim head coach.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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