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Inter Miami hires former Orlando City GM Niki Budalić as director of soccer operations

Former Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic has been named director of soccer operations for Inter Miami. (Charles King/Orlando Sentinel)

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami officially named former Orlando City general manager Niki Budalić as the club’s first director of soccer operations. 

Inter Miami is set to kick off as an expansion side in 2021. 

Budalić “will report directly to sporting director Paul McDonough and work alongside technical director Kurt Schmid managing and overseeing all soccer operations,” according to a club statement released Monday.

“Niki’s experience working alongside players and coaches at all levels will be an important addition to our technical staff, and one that will allow us to create an environment that cultivates success,” McDonough, also a former Orlando City general manager, said in the statement. “We want to welcome Niki to the Inter Miami family.”

Orlando City fired Budalić in November after a disappointing 2018 season. The Lions — despite a host of roster moves, which at the time were praised around the league — finished with a 8-22-4 (28 points) record and conceded an MLS-record 74 goals. Orlando City missed the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. 

Budalić joined Orlando City in January 2016 as assistant general manager and was promoted to general manager in December of that year. Before joining Orlando City SC, Budalić was the director of soccer operations for Premier Development League team Kitchener-Waterloo United FC and a player agent with Beswicks sports.

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