Niki Budalić

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Niki Budalic
Nikola Budalic by Djuradj Vujcic.jpg
Budalic in 2007
Personal information
Full name Nikola Budalic
Date of birth (1978-08-01) August 1, 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Kitchener, Ontario
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1997–2000 James Madison Dukes
2000–2001 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Glen Shields Sun Devils 10 (1)
2002 Toronto Lynx 22 (12)
2003 Örebro[1] 5 (0)
2004 Montreal Impact 9 (0)
2004–2005 Haugesund 31 (2)
2006–2009 Serbian White Eagles 31 (6)
2007Toronto FC Reserves (loan) 2 (1)
2013–2014 K-W United 2 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Serbian White Eagles
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nikola “Niki” Budalic (born August 1, 1978) is a retired Canadian soccer player. Budalic serves as the general manager of soccer operations for Orlando City SC, Orlando City B, and Orlando Pride.

Club career[edit]

Budalic began his soccer career at the college level with the James Madison University. In 2001, he was selected by the Toronto Lynx in the first round of the USL A-League 2001 College Draft, but decided to continue his education back home at Wilfrid Laurier University where he led the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks to the CIS championship. After the college season came to a conclusion he played with the Glen Shields Sun Devils in the Canadian Professional Soccer League.[2]

In 2003, he signed a contract with the Toronto Lynx.[3][4] He made his debut on April 20, 2002 against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.[5] He recorded his first goal on April 26, 2002 against Richmond Kickers in a 1-1 draw.[6] In his rookie season he nearly helped the Lynx qualify for the postseason, but a tie in the final game of season against Atlanta Silverbacks made the Charlotte Eagles take the final playoff spot. He finished the season with twelve goals and was named Team of the Week three times. The club also recognized him with their Best Offensive Player award, and was also named the A-League Rookie of the Year.[7]

Just weeks before the start of the 2003 season the Lynx announced Budalic had been transferred to Örebro SK in the Swedish First Division, where he was re-united with former Lynx player Chris Pozniak.[8] He was also named to the Canada national soccer team roster for a friendly against Germany, but did not feature in the match.[9]

In 2004, he returned to Canada to sign with Montreal Impact.[10] During his tenure with Montreal he had difficulty getting sufficient playing time with the competition of well-established strikers. He was later transferred to F.K. Haugesund where he helped the club win promotion to the Adeccoligaen in 2005.[11][12][13] In 2006, he was released by Haugesund, which marked his return to Canada to sign with the Serbian White Eagles of the Canadian Soccer League.[14] In his debut season he clinched the International Division title for the club. He featured in the CSL Championship match against Italia Shooters, but lost the game to a score of 1-0.[15]

The following season he assisted in securing the clubs second division title, and contributed a goal in a 2-1 victory over Windsor Border Stars.[16] He featured in the championship match against rivals Toronto Croatia, but suffered a 4-1 defeat on goals on aggregate.[17][18] On September 17, 2007, Budalic played a game for the Toronto FC reserve team against the Real Salt Lake reserve team, and scored a goal in the 22nd minute. In 2008, he was named team captain of the Serbian White Eagles for the 2008 season. He helped secure a postseason by finishing second in their division. In the playoffs, he recorded a goal in a 3-0 victory against Italia.[19] For the third straight year he reached the championship final this time they faced the Trois-Rivières Attak, where he won his first championship in a 2-1 victory in a penalty shootout.[20]

In 2009, he claimed his third division title and reached the championship final for the fourth time, but were defeated by the Attak in a penalty shootout.[21] The following year he retired from competitive soccer in order to coach the White Eagles. He briefly returned to soccer in 2013 to play with K-W United FC in the USL Premier Development League.

Managerial career[edit]

After his retirement from soccer he was appointed the head coach for the Serbian White Eagles.[22] On June 25, 2016 he was appointed the assistant general manager for Orlando City SC of the Major League Soccer.[23] On December 14, 2016, Budalic was promoted to general manager of soccer operations for Orlando City, Orlando City B, and Orlando Pride.[24]

Honours[edit]

Serbian White Eagles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nikola Budalic - Statistik". sportklubben.net (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Welcome To the Official Toronto Lynx Web Site". 2003-12-03. Archived from the original on 2003-12-03. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  3. ^ Glover, Robin. "Toronto Lynx Press Conference April 17, 2002". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Welcome To the Official Toronto Lynx Web Site". 2003-12-03. Archived from the original on 2003-12-03. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  5. ^ Michalko, Eric. "Voyageurs Soccer Talk". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  6. ^ Michalko, Eric. "April 26th, 2002 A-League Richmond Kickers vs Toronto Lynx". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  7. ^ "The Year in American Soccer, 2002". homepages.sover.net. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  8. ^ Nutt, David. "Toronto Lynx Media Release April 2, 2003". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Canada Soccer". www.canadasoccer.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  10. ^ Banfi, Stéphane. "The Impact punches up it offence with Nikola Budalic". 
  11. ^ Lodes, Kirk J. (2008-01-01). The American Soccer Guide. Kirk Lodes. ISBN 9781930852099. 
  12. ^ "Montreal Impact transfer history". ImpactSoccer.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  13. ^ Woile, Dennis Grebasch, Michael. "FK Haugesund 2006". en.eufo.de. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  14. ^ "Serbian White Eagles Soccer Club". serbianwhiteeagles.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  15. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 15, 2006 CSL Playoff Final Serbian White Eagles vs Italia Shooters (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  16. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 14, 2007 CSL Serbian White Eagles vs Windsor Border Stars (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  17. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 27, 2007 CSL Toronto Croatia vs Serbian White Eagles CSL Championship Final Game 1 (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  18. ^ "Serbian White Eagles Soccer Club". serbianwhiteeagles.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  19. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 17, 2008 CSL Semi-Final Italia Shooters vs Serbian White Eagles (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  20. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 26, 2008 CSL Final Trois-Rivieres Attak vs Serbian White Eagles (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  21. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 24, 2009 CSL Final Trois-Rivieres Attak vs Serbian White Eagles (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  22. ^ "Canadian Soccer League". 2013-01-26. Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  23. ^ "Niki Budalic Joins Orlando City as Assistant General Manager". 
  24. ^ "Orlando City SC's Niki Budalic Promoted To General Manager, Soccer Operations". 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Saša Viciknez
Serbian White Eagles captain
2008
Succeeded by
Saša Viciknez