ATL UTD 2 is owned and operated by AMB Sports & Entertainment and is the MLS Next Pro team of Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United. ATL UTD 2 joined USL for their expansion 2018 season and moved to MLS Next Pro prior to the 2023 season, and play their home matches at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University.
“ATL UTD 2 is the fundamental link in our club’s vertical integration, connecting our Academy teams to our First Team,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “This team gives us a chance to challenge academy players at the professional level while also giving our First Team players an opportunity to stay match fit and when returning from injury. This team will be a blend of local talent and seasoned pros.”
See below for the inspiration behind the elements of the ATL UTD 2 logo:
Atlanta United 2 announced ahead of the 2023 season that Steve Cooke has been named head coach. Cooke joins Atlanta with more than 30 years of coaching experience and was most recently Academy Director for the Seattle Sounders. He will report to Academy Director Matt Lawrey and be joined on staff by Atlanta United Academy U-19 head coach Jose Silva, who has been promoted to assistant coach. ATL UTD 2 will debut in MLS NEXT Pro this season.
Silva has been with the Atlanta United Academy since 2021. He’s coached the club’s U-19 team since joining and has been named UPSL Coach of the Year on two occasions (Fall 2021 & 2022). His U-19 side was the Georgia Conference Regular Season Champion in the most recently completed Fall 2022 season. Silva has previously coached with Orlando City’s Academy and USL teams. Atlanta’s current U-14 coach Rick Davey will take over the U-19 coaching duties.
Lewis Sharpe was promoted to ATL UTD 2 Goalkeeper Coach prior to the 2020 season. He most recently served as the Atlanta United Academy goalkeeper coach since 2017. Sharpe attended Georgia Gwinnett College where he holds nearly every goalkeeper record in the program’s history. He joined GGC’s men’s soccer coaching staff for the 2017 season and was an assistant coach at Oglethorpe University in 2018-2020 when the team won the SAA regular season championship both years.