Orlando City is set to bring on Luiz Muzzi to run soccer operations, a league source confirmed to Pro Soccer USA.
An announcement is set to be made soon. Former Orlando City SC GM Niki Budalić was fired last week after Orlando City posted its worst MLS record in its four-year history in the league, despite high hopes following several offseason moves.
News of Muzzi’s hiring was first reported by ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle. An announcement is expected in the next two weeks, a league source confirmed to Pro Soccer USA.
Muzzi was FC Dallas’ vice president of soccer operations. He joined FC Dallas in 2012 as the club’s director of soccer and assistant technical director. As vice president of soccer operations, Muzzi oversaw all all aspects of player personnel, scouting and team administration for FC Dallas.
Muzzi was named vice president of soccer operations in September. According to FC Dallas, he speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French. He was promoted after Technical Director Fernando Clavijo stepped away from FC Dallas “to focus on his personal health,” according to the club.
“Luiz and Fernando have done a phenomenal job building our current roster and Luiz has been an important part of our technical staff for the last six years,” said FC Dallas President Dan Hunt in a press release when Muzzi was promoted.
“They played a key role in bringing players such as Abel Aguilar, Pablo Aranguiz, Santiago Mosquera, Anton Nedyalkov, Marquinhos Pedroso and Reto Ziegler to FC Dallas this season. I know Luiz will do an outstanding job in his new role.”
FC Dallas finished fourth in the Western Conference this season and lost to the Portland Timbers in the knockout round of the playoffs.
There are key player transaction dates coming up for Orlando City. The half-day trade window opens on Dec. 9, and next week includes FC Cincinnati’s expansion draft.
Plus, Muzzi will be tasked with completing the search for the Orlando Pride’s new head coach.