Monday, October 19, 2015
In its prior stint in the USL, Orlando City SC earned silverware every season with three regular-season titles and two league championships.
As the organization enters a club in the league for a second time, after the newly unveiled Orlando City B was introduced on Thursday, Coach Anthony Pulis has his aim set high for the 2016 USL season.
“It is a massive honor and privilege to lead our new USL team back into the elite where we have had so much success in the past,” Pulis told Florida Today’s Michael Parsons.
“We want to play exciting, attractive football that is going to bring in as many people and watch our games on a regular basis. Obviously that means winning games, I understand that, but we will have a group of younger guys as well as some experienced players. With inexperienced players you are going to get up-and-down performances, I think people have to understand that. It is not to say that we don’t want to win; we are confident we can do that.”
Pulis, who recorded four goals and four assists in 44 regular season appearances for the club, retired after the 2014 season to join Orlando Head Coach Adrian Heath’s staff as an assistant this year. Now, the son of West Bromwich Albion Head Coach Tony Pulis is looking to earn success on the field, and to help the club’s young players – like Homegrown signings and former USL standouts Tyler Turner and Tommy Redding – reach their full potential.“This is the best opportunity ever for our young players at Orlando City,” Pulis said. “There is a clear pathway from the academy to the MLS team. Our job as a staff is to make them into MLS players one day.”