USL coaching moves: Anthony Pulis takes over at Saint Louis FC

The head coaching vacancy at Saint Louis FC following the departure of Preki didn't last long.

Anthony Pulis stepped down as the head coach of Orlando City B after two seasons to take the job with Saint Louis FC.

Offseason USL coaching moves:
OKC Energy FC: Out: Jimmy Nielsen
Orlando City B:
Out: Anthony Pulis.
Out: Dave Brandt. In: Bob Lilley.
Rio Grande Valley FC: Out: Junior Gonzalez.
Rochester: Out: Bob Lilley.
Saint Louis FC: Out: Preki. In: Anthony Pulis.
Swope Park Rangers:
Out: Nikola Popovic.

Pulis, who joined Orlando City as a player in 2012 and won two USL PRO regular-season titles and the league championship in 2013, was an assistant for Orlando City during its first MLS season and took over as coach of its second team when it was launched in 2016. OCB has a 19-23-20 record in two seasons.

In 2017, Pulis led OCB to a 12-game unbeaten stretch and coached four players -- Tony Rocha and Mikey Ambrose in 2016 and Pierre Da Silva and Leo Pereira in 2017 -- who were promoted to the Lions' first team.

Saint Louis FC vice president and general manager Jeremy Alumbaugh: “Throughout the extensive head coach candidacy process, Anthony’s name was repeatedly brought up. Not only has he been successful over the past few years as a head coach, but just as important, is the quality of the person that will be joining us here at the club.”

Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao: “Ant has been a part of the Orlando City family for many years, both as a coach and a player, so it is difficult to see him go."
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