Atlanta United loan Chris McCann to English League One club Coventry City

Chris McCann - Wigan Athletic - August 2015

Atlanta United announced Tuesday that they have loaned midfielder Chris McCann to English League One club Coventry City for the remainder of 2016.

Atlanta, who will begin MLS play in 2017, announced on July 6 that they had signed the 29-year-old McCann from English Championship club Wigan Athletic. He’ll rejoin Atlanta for their inaugural preseason camp in January.

“Coventry offers Chris the opportunity to play in a competitive environment and get meaningful minutes leading up to the start of our inaugural season,” Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement released by the club. “We will stay in constant contact with Coventry and will follow Chris closely through December.”

A native of Dublin, McCann began his pro career with Burnley, spending eight years with the club before moving to Wigan in 2013. He totaled 44 appearances for Wigan in the Championship in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons before recording four goals and six assists in 38 appearances in the 2015-16 campaign to help the Latics win the League One title and earn promotion back to the second division.