NWSL president Amanda Duffy to step down to become Orlando Pride EVP

Amanda Duffy

Photo: Courtesy of Orlando City SC

Orlando City announced Tuesday the hiring of NWSL president Amanda Duffy as the Orlando Pride’s executive vice president.

Duffy will step down from her current post in the National Women’s Soccer League on Feb. 15 before immediately joining the Pride ahead of the 2020 season.

“When we decided to invest in this position, we knew we wanted to bring in someone who not only has a strong understanding of the current landscape of women’s soccer but someone who has a proven record of building exciting, successful clubs and we couldn’t think of a more perfect fit than Amanda,” said Orlando City CEO Alex Leitão. “We have been working closely with Amanda for years and have seen all that she has been able to accomplish, from her days in the USL and Louisville to her most recent time with the NWSL. We are so excited that she has chosen to come to Orlando and that she shares our vision of the potential of women’s soccer in this country and wants to be a part of building the future of the game as a member of the Pride.”

Duffy, who will head the entire Orlando Pride operation  — front office and technical — will report directly to Leitão.

Erik Ustruck, the Pride’s general manager, will move back to the club’s men’s side after Duffy joins the Pride.

Duffy served as general manager of USL Championship side Louisville City in 2014. She would join the USL as the first female president in 2015 before joining the NWSL in 2017.

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