Niki Budalicis out as general manager of soccer operations for Orlando City and the NWSL's Pride after disastrous 2018 seasons.
The Pride lost its last four games -- it didn't win a game after the men's World Cup final in July -- and failed to make the
Budalic's departure comes as Orlando City makes offseason MLS roster moves and the organization looks to hire a new coach to replace Tom Sermanni as Pride head coach. It is also re-launching a team in the USL -- this time in League One -- and opening a new training facility.
“We start a new year with many projects to look forward to," said CEO Alex Leitao, "including strengthening our soccer operations department for the MLS and NWSL teams, opening a new training complex as well as kicking off the season with a revamped Academy structure and OCB sitting at the top of the player development pyramid in the USL League One.”
Budalic arrived in January 2016 as assistant general manager and was promoted to general manager of soccer operations for both Orlando City and the Pride in the NWSL in December 2016.