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Orlando City EVP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi teases possibility of another roster addition

Left to Right, Luiz Muzzi, Orlando City executive vice president of soccer operations, introduces Nani, Center, during an Orlando City press conference to introduce one of the top players to ever join the club, on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City’s season opener is Saturday against NYCFC, but club executive vice president of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi said the team might not be done adding new players.

“We’re possibly still looking at, maybe, one addition,” Muzzi told Pro Soccer USA. “I think that, from there, we’re going to be done. That’s possibly. Lots of things that we’re still working on. For now, it’s just the possibility out there. But we’re very close to done. We’ve got a great group of guys.”

Muzzi said when he was building this season’s roster, he wanted to build a group, not a collection of individuals.

“You’re looking at personnel,” Muzzi said. “It’s not only how you play, but it’s how you act, the things you say and how you interact with other players and coaches and staff and small things. That’s part of the scouting process, as well.

“It’s not only watching video, but it’s also talking to people, looking for information. We’ve been very intentional about that, as well, in making sure that we have a group of guys that are committed as a group. Not, ‘I’m this guy here by myself and I’m here with these two other guys.’ This is what we’re trying to do.”

Muzzi called the process “complicated.”

“Of course, once the season starts, you’ve got more challenges,” Muzzi said. “That’s going to be the challenge throughout the season, keeping everybody on the same page.”

Orlando City has added 13 new players to the team since the end of last season. That number includes second-round MLS SuperDraft pick and centerback Kamal Miller, though he hasn’t officially been signed by the team.

The club has moved on from 15 players from last season’s roster.

“We’re not going to do anything just for – and I think I told you this before – just because we want to do it,” Muzzi said. “We’re going to be very careful with the pieces that we’re adding here. If we do something, it’s going to be something very specific and very much in line with what we’re trying to do.”

Coach James O’Connor, speaking during a press conference introducing Portuguese international Nani, said the team is pretty close it where it needs to be in terms of personnel.




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