Paul McDonough Orlando City
Pablo Maurer

Atlanta United name former Orlando City executive Paul McDonough director of soccer operations

It didn’t take long for Paul McDonough to find a landing place, with Atlanta United announcing Wednesday that they have named him director of soccer operations.

McDonough parted ways last week with Orlando City, where he served as senior vice president of soccer operations.  

According to an Atlanta United release, McDonough will report to technical director Carlos Bocanegra and will be significantly involved in the club’s day-to-day soccer operational functions.

With Orlando, McDonough managed operations for the first team and development academy programs, developed and implemented the club’s scouting network and managed player contract negotiations, transfer and loan agreements, helping lead the club to a seventh-place finish in the Eastern Conference in its first MLS season.

“We’re very excited to have Paul on board as our director of soccer operations,” Bocanegra said in a statement. “He not only brings valuable experience as a former coach and agent, his familiarity with MLS talent, rules and regulations and the expansion process will serve us well as we begin building our roster. ”

McDonough will officially join Atlanta United on Jan. 4, 2016.