Orlando City announced Monday it has parted ways general manager Niki Budalic after three seasons.
The announcement comes after a disappointing season that saw the Lions miss out on the playoffs again, setting the record for most goals allowed in a single MLS season with 74 and firing Jason Kreis last summer and replacing him for James O’Connor.
“I would like to thank Niki for these past three seasons with us and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Orlando City CEO Alex Leitão said in a statement. “We start a new year with many projects to look forward to, 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. We welcome all 2019 has to offer with open arms and look forward to a great year with our staff, players and supporters.”
Budalic was named full-time general manager of Orlando City and its NWSL side Orlando Pride in December 2016 after originally joining the club as assistant general manger to Phil Rawlins.
According to MLSSoccer.com national reporter Sam Stejskal, Orlando City will hire a replacement as soon as possible. Budalic also helped O’Connor on roster decisions, which are due Monday at 1 p.m. ET, Stejskal reported.
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