Atlanta United has hired former United States international Jonathan Spector as head of international player recruitment and development.
Spector has been seen with Atlanta vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra, his former U.S. teammate, on game days multiple times this season. Spector’s job will entail scouting the international market, a club spokesperson told Pro Soccer USA.
“We’re thrilled that Jonathan’s decided to start the next phase of his career with Atlanta United and his overall expertise will be a significant addition for our club,” Bocanegra said in a prepared statement. “As a player, he spent 14 seasons playing in England, including eight in the Premier League, which is a remarkable feat for any American. He also experienced some of the biggest matches in USMNT history and we’re extremely confident in his ability to make the transition into the front office side of business.”
Spector made 36 appearances for the U.S. men’s national team from 2004 through 2015. He spent the majority of his club career in England, playing for Manchester United, Charlton Athletic, West Ham United and Birmingham City. More recently, Spector appeared 38 times for Orlando City from 2017 to 2018, including two games against Atlanta last season. He appeared once for Hibernian of the Scottish Premiership in 2019.
The 33-year-old announced his retirement as a player earlier this month.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to work for a club as big as Atlanta United and I hope to contribute and build on the enormous success that this club has already achieved,” Spector said. “It was always a priority for me to return to the United States in a continued effort to grow the game and I couldn’t be happier to do it in Atlanta.”