Former Orlando City SC goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr left an opening for the Central Florida Major League Soccer club. On Saturday, though, the club announced the hiring of Tim Mulqueen as Kerr’s replacement.
The New Jersey native played in the American Premier Soccer League and United Soccer League until 1995. As a coach, Mulqueen was with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars from 1996 to 1999. Afterward, he served with the Kansas City Wizards from 2000 to 2004. Mulqueen coached U.S. men’s national team goalie Tim Howard.
“It was an easy decision to bring Tim aboard,” City general manager Niki Budalic said, per the release. “He brings with him years of experience and has taught some of the best. We are glad he will be joining Joe [Bendik], Earl [Edwards Jr.] and Mason [Stajduhar].”
As for his national-team experience, Mulqueen coached the U.S. during the 2005 and 2007 FIFA U-17 World Championships, the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2007 and 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cups.
Bendik is coming off an outstanding season, recording a career-high 114 saves in 34 starts.