Pennsylvania Roar News Release - www.pennroar.com
Monday, August 5, 2013
READING, PA – Pennsylvania Roar CEO Glen Goldstein announced today that the team has signed Eric Puls as the club’s first head coach. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced. The Roar will begin play this November as an expansion entry in the Major Indoor Soccer League.
Puls is the founder and president of the FC Revolution soccer club and has had a stellar college, amateur and professional career as a player and coach. Puls grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he played in youth and high school leagues. Puls spent his collegiate career at Syracuse University, where he holds the school record for most points by a freshman (27) and is second in goals scored by a freshman.
“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity Glen has given me here with the Roar. I am looking forward to helping build the Pennsylvania Roar into one of the top teams and organizations in the MISL," Puls said.
“The most exciting part for me, however, is having high level of professional soccer in Reading, Penn. There is a major youth soccer following in Eastern PA and this will allow young players to watch the game, which I feel is something sorely missed in the development of our youth players across the country.”
Puls’ professional career includes playing for the USL’s Reading Rage and St. Louis Knights and NPSL FC Revolution. As a member of the Rage, Puls was elected to the 1999, 2000 and 2003 USL D3 Pro Soccer All-League Teams. In addition to his playing duties with the Rage, he served as Juniors Club President and camp director.
He is an experienced coach at the professional level, having served as head coach and assistant general manager of the Rage. Puls also has extensive experience coaching and training youth soccer clubs.
“Eric and I share a lot of the same values," Roar CEO and Co-owner Glen Goldstein said. "He is a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. His teams always play hard and execute on both sides of the ball.
“As we shared at the press conference, we are going to set the foundation of our team around local talent. Since Eric is from Shillington, we are on our way. He comes from a strong soccer pedigree, as his father Joe Puls played in the 1960s and 70s in the North American Soccer League against players like Beckenbauer, Eusebio and Pele. I am thrilled that he will be behind the bench for the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Roar inaugural season.”
Puls said he is excited to take his career to a new level with the MISL and looks forward to bringing the fast-paced excitement of professional indoor soccer to Reading and the surrounding area.