Ottawa is the seventh USL team that will begin the 2018 season with a new coach as the Fury promoted Julian de Guzman
to general manager and hired former Swope Park Rangers head coach Nikola
as its new head coach. Offseason USL coaching moves:
OKC Energy FC: Out:
Jimmy Nielsen. In:
Orlando City B: Out:
Dave Brandt. In:
Bob Lilley. Rio Grande Valley FC: Out:
Junior Gonzalez. In
: Gerson Echeverry. *Rochester: Out:
Bob Lilley. Saint Louis FC: Out:
Swope Park Rangers: Out:
Nikola Popovic. In:
*Will sit out 2018.
De Guzman, the former Canadian international, finished the 2017 season as interim coach after
stepped down as Fury head coach and general manager in August.
“Julian’s commitment to this club and its success is tremendous and he has earned this
opportunity,” said Fury FC president and OSEG partner John Pugh
. “The leadership and astuteness that we’ve seen from Julian as a player has been matched in the management role
that he’s held since mid-August.”
In his one season with Swope Park Rangers, Popovic led them to their second straight Western Conference championship and second consecutive
run to the USL Cup final. he served as an assistant to former Fury FC head coach Marc Dos Santos
during Swope Park’s inaugural season in 2016.