Head CoachOmid Namazi
Hometown: Sewell, New Jersey
Coaching career: Namazi joined U.S. Soccer in March of 2014 as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Later in the year, Namazi became a regular part of U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team camps alongside head coach Tab Ramos. He came to U.S. Soccer following an assistant coaching role for Iran’s men’s national team, serving in that capacity from 2011-14 and helping the team qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by winning Group A in the Asian Qualifying Tournament ahead of the Korea Republic. Namazi has had an extensive coaching career in both men’s and women’s soccer. He was the head coach of the San Diego Spirit of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2003, leading the team to its first and only playoff berth, as well as the Chicago Red Stars in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), taking over the team mid-season in early June of 2010 after the former head coach was let go. Namazi’s first coaching experience began during his 18-year professional playing career that spanned from 1988-2005. In March of 1999, Namazi served as an interim coach while playing for the Major Indoor Soccer League’s Philadelphia KiXX.
Playing career: Namazi represented the U.S. Futsal National Team from 2002-03, earning five caps and scoring two goals. Professionally, Namazi played extensively in the Major Indoor Soccer League, earning MISL Defender of the Year for the Philadelphia KiXX in 2001 and then winning the MISL Championship with the KiXX in 2002. During his long playing career, Namazi appeared for 14 different clubs – both outdoor and indoor – and spent a brief time with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in Major League Soccer in the league’s inaugural season, playing in one match in 1996. From 1984-87, Namazi played for West Virginia, where he was a two-time All-South selection. Namazi transitioned to a professional career one year later with the Washington Diplomats of the American Soccer League.