With more than 15 years of FC Dallas coaching under his belt, Marco Ferruzzi will be moving into the front office after the team named him director of soccer operations Wednesday.
Ferruzzi has been with the club since 2004, when he was brought in as an assistant coach for the Major League Soccer team. Ferruzzi served under multiple coaches, including Colin Clarke, Steve Morrow, Schellas Hyndman and, most recently, Oscar Pareja.
“Marco has been an invaluable part of the FC Dallas family for the last 15 years, and we are excited to promote him to an expanded leadership role,” FC Dallas Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. “Marco has extensive experience in MLS – both as a coach and on the technical side – and he has played a key role in our scouting operation for many years. He will be an important member of our leadership team as we move into this next chapter, and I know he will do an outstanding job.”
Ferruzzi was interim coach in 2008 after the departure of Steve Morrow, caretaking the team to a 2-2-1 record before Schellas Hyndman was hired from Southern Methodist University.
“I have worked closely with our technical staff during my time here and am excited to help build a roster that will put our team in position to compete for titles,” Ferruzzi said in a statement. “I am grateful to the Hunt family, Clark and Dan, for this opportunity.”
Ferruzzi has been working with new coach Luchi Gonzalez on some of the club’s signings and helping the new coach transition to the team.
“I’ve known Marco for many years,” Gonzalez said in phone interview with Pro Soccer USA. “We’ve always been connected in our roles at the club. I respect him a lot. I know he respects me. We’ve been working together already for the last few weeks before this announcement so, we’re brothers in this. In the short time, I’ve enjoyed working closer with him than ever before.