Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta United - MLS Bowl - Goal Line - August 2015

Atlanta United FC is slowly putting the pieces in place to join MLS next year and they’ve just added an important long-term one.

Former Liverpool player Richard Money will be the club’s youth academy director and longtime Atlanta-area coach Tony Annan will report to him as academy manager, Atlanta United announced on Thursday.

Money comes to Atlanta after stints developing youth players in academies for Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Coventry City. He also coached first teams with Luton Town, AIK Sweden and Cambridge United.

“He has broad experience in global soccer and has served as academy director at top EPL clubs,” said Atlanta United president Darren Eales in a statement about Money. “His understanding of player development at the highest level will provide a clear pathway to success for our young players.”

Annan is the founder of the Georgia United development academy program and has coached in the Atlanta area for 20 years. He will be tasked with player development, coaching program development and day-to-day player management.