Orlando City SC named Marcelo Neveleff the club’s new academy director.
Neveleff, formerly an assistant for the New England Revolution, will also oversee the USL League One side, Orlando City B.
“I am very happy to join Orlando City SC,” Neveleff said in a statement released Wednesday. “First of all, I would like to thank club management for trusting me to lead such an important part of the organization. I believe the academy is a vital pillar for the future success of Orlando City SC as an organization and for the MLS as a growing league.
“The players we are responsible for developing will lay the foundation and help us achieve our vision to create a first team with impactful Homegrown players that are not just great soccer players, but also great human beings.”
Neveleff is a USSF “A” licensed coach.
Neveleff, a native of Argentina, was the technical director of Weston FC, a U.S. Soccer development academy, from 2009 until 2015. He was named U.S. Soccer Academy Coach of the Year in 2010-11. While with the Revolution, he was an advisor for the U.S. Soccer boys development academy and an assistant for the U-20 men’s national team.
He also previously was head coach of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League and an assistant coach with Miami FC.
“Marcelo is a very experienced professional — as a coach, as an academy director, as a scout,” Orlando City EVP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi said in a statement. “He lived in Florida for a long time. He was an academy director for Weston, so he knows the Florida landscape, he knows the players here. He brings a different culture, as well, and he’s been involved in the development of players in the United States for a long time.
“I think Marcelo is a great fit. He’s a guy that has a lot of talent and emotions and is very excited to be here. It couldn’t be a better fit.”