The Orlando Pride announced Monday that the club has named former Orlando City USL player Erik Ustruck as General Manager of the NWSL side.
Ustruck, who served as assistant general manager to Orlando City SC, will handle all technical operations of the Pride while reporting directly to Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi.
“We are very happy to promote Erik to this newly established position, which will allow us to continue increasing our resources and focus on building the Pride,” Muzzi said in a club release. “Erik has been dedicated to the success of this Club from his time as a player through his positions in the front office, and we believe he will be a great asset in strengthening and supporting our NWSL operations.”
Ustruck will be in Chicago to represent the club at the NWSL College Draft on Thursday while the club finalizes its search for a new head coach, a process that Ustruck has been helping the club with.
According to ProSoccerUSA.com’s Jordan Culver, the club has identified its next head coach, but because that person is still under contract with their current club, no formal announcement can be made yet.
“I am honored and excited to begin this new position with the Pride and want to thank Luiz and the rest of the executive leadership for entrusting me with this opportunity,” Ustruck said in the release. “We have already hit the ground running, not only to put together a strong, competitive roster, but also to build a team culture here in Orlando that every player will want to be a part of.”
Ustruck, 34, began his journey with Orlando City as a player in 2011, spending three season with the USL club before retiring in 2014 and joining the front office in 2014. Most recently, he served as the manager of soccer operations for both the Pride and Orlando City, and was team administration manager for the MLS side from 2015-17.
(Photo Courtesy of Orlando City)
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