Anthony Pulis Announced As New Saint Louis FC Head Coach Following Departure Of Preki
Anthony Pulis, the former Orlando City B coach and son of Tony Pulis, was named the head coach of United Soccer League side Saint Louis FC last night.
The hiring of Pulis follows the departure of former head coach Preki from St. Louis, news of which broke over the weekend.
As we mentioned yesterday, Steven Goff of the Washington Post reported on Sunday night that Pulis would be making the move from Orlando to St. Louis.
As with the hiring of Preki in October of 2016, last night’s announcement has been picked up by national soccer outlets.
Preki’s hiring was noteworthy in soccer circles because he had essentially been MIA for 18 months. He stepped down from the Sacramento Republic FC job in July 2015 to take an unspecified job. That “unspecified job” apparently never materialized and “Where In The World Is Preki?” became a popular game whenever coaching jobs opened up. Preki resurfacing was fairly big news.
The hiring of Anthony Pulis has made some headlines for a different reason. ESPN FC pointed out in its article on the move that the hiring of the younger Pulis came on the same day that news broke of his father’s departure from West Bromwich Albion.
The Orlando Sentinel did a story on the departure “Ant”, as Orlando City CEO Alex Leitão referred to Pulis in a statement.
“Ant has been a part of the Orlando City family for many years, both as a coach and a player, so it is difficult to see him go,” Orlando City CEO Alex Leitão said in a statement released shortly after the announcement. “On behalf of everyone at the club, I want to thank Ant for all that he has helped Orlando City accomplish over the last six years. We wish him nothing but the best of luck in this next step of his career.”
It’s also worth noting that the Orlando outlet used not one, but two pictures of Anthony Pulis in its story.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch used a file photo of the elder Pulis in its story. It also incorrectly identified Tony Pulis as the new coach of Saint Louis FC.
At least they did a story about it, right?
12-Match Unbeaten Streak
Casual soccer fans will look at Orlando City B’s 19-23-20 record under Pulis and wonder.
Ant was seen as someone that was an excellent coach in his role. That role is somewhat different for the coach of a MLS 2 team, as OCB is for Orlando City SC of MLS.
Teams such as OCB, Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Portland Timbers 2 serve as more of a training ground for the senior club.
Pulis is credited for the development of three players that have made contributions with Orlando City SC as well as at least two others that are on MLS contracts with other teams.
MLS 2 teams also have to deal with players moving back and forth between leagues. OCB had one of the rosters that experiences the most changes throughout the season.
Despite that, the “Young Lions” managed to go unbeaten in the months of July and August last season, a 12-match span.
The “Chupacabras”, as I really want Saint Louis FC to be known, started last season with a 4-match unbeaten streak. They did not string together another streak of positive results even that long through the rest of the season.
Pulis Joins This Is Silly! Podcast
Anthony Pulis joined the St. Louligans’ This Is Silly! podcast last night shortly after his hiring was announced.
Pulis talked about a variety of subjects on the episode, including the factors that attracted him to St. Louis, the reality of playing in mostly empty stadium and his coaching philosophy.
Pulis joked about the accent of the host that wasn’t in attendance and spent more with the stooges than Preki did all of last season.
Also, could former Premier League manager Tony Pulis be in St. Louis next season?
Listen to this episode of the This Is Silly! podcast to hear from Pulis, STLFC President Patrick Barry, CFO Tom Strunk and Vice President/General Manager Jeremy Alumbaugh.
In case you are wondering after you listen, go to SaintLouisFC.com or call 636-680-0997 to purchase your 2018 season tickets.
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