EVP of Soccer Operations
Luiz Muzzi was brought to Orlando City in January 2019. Muzzi oversees soccer operations for Orlando City of Major League Soccer (MLS), including the management of all player-related matters, scouting efforts and overall team administration.
Muzzi came to Orlando after serving six years with FC Dallas in multiple soccer operations roles, overseeing all aspects of player personnel, scouting and team administration.
While in Frisco, Muzzi built a roster that reached the MLS playoffs four out of the past five seasons, including two Western Conference Semifinal appearances and a Western Conference Final appearance in 2015. During that span, FC Dallas finished the MLS regular season in first place in 2015 and 2016, and also won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and claimed the MLS Supporters’ Shield for the first time in club history in 2016.
Muzzi was integral in building one of the most dominant developmental academies in North America, while setting numerous MLS Homegrown records, with FC Dallas.
In 2019, Muzzi led the charge in formulating a backline that tied a Club-record for shutouts in a single season, helping the Lions to concede 22 less goals than the year prior. This marked the second-best improvement of any team in Major League Soccer from the previous year.
Oscar Pareja was named the Orlando City Head Coach on December 4, 2019, joining the Lions from Club Tijuana of Liga MX, a stint that followed an accomplished tenure at FC Dallas of Major League Soccer.
Before his time in Mexico, Pareja spent five seasons at FC Dallas where he served as the head coach, working directly with Luiz Muzzi to build one of the premier development pyramids across MLS.
While at Dallas, he compiled a 78-49-43 record, including a 2016 season that saw Pareja earn MLS Coach of the Year honors following a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title and the MLS Supporters’ Shield. During his tenure, FC Dallas reached the postseason four out of five seasons. Prior to his time as Dallas’ head coach, the Medellin, Colombia native spent two seasons as the manager of the Colorado Rapids, reaching the playoffs in 2013.
Before serving at the helm, he spent a number of years working with the FC Dallas Academy, as well as an assistant on the first team staff. In the 2010-11 season, the same season that saw U.S. Soccer rank the FC Dallas Academy No. 1 in the nation, Pareja earned U-18 Academy Coach of the Year. Pareja also spent time coaching the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team from 2007-08.
On the pitch, Pareja played over 400 matches professionally in his native country of Colombia between Independiente Medellin and Deportivo Cali. Prior to the 1998 season, Pareja was allocated to the New England Revolution, but was traded to the Dallas Burn after 13 games where he would go on to play 170 matches, tallying 13 goals and 47 assists. On the international stage, Pareja totaled 11 caps for Colombia, scoring three goals and appearing in the 1991 Copa América.
Josema Bazan joined the Lions ahead of the 2020 season following six years on Oscar Pareja’s staff, beginning in 2014 where he joined FC Dallas in the same capacity.
A USSF “A” licensed coach, Bazan joined the FC Dallas organization in 2011 as an academy coach for its U-16 and U-18 sides, where he first worked with Pareja. In 2014, he was promoted to an assistant coaching position and has occupied the same role under Pareja ever since. He has also served as an assistant for the U-17, U-20 and senior Venezuelan National Teams.
As a player, Josema played on the international stage for his native country of Argentina at the 1991 U-20 World Cup. Throughout his professional career, he spent time in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Brazil from 1986 to 1996, before finishing his playing career in Dallas as a member of the DFW Tornadoes of the former United Soccer Leagues’ D3 Pro League.
César Baena was named to the First Team staff following three years working in Orlando, most recently serving as a goalkeeping coach for the Orlando City Development Academy. Prior to his time in Orlando, Baena spent eight years working with a number of clubs in Venezuela and Mexico, including Carabobo FC, Mineros de Guayana, Deportivo Lara FC, Club Tijuana and Caracas FC where he began his coaching career in 2001.
On the pitch, Baena was a regular in goal for the Venezuelan National Team, appearing in World Cup Qualifiers for the 1986, 1990 and 1998 editions of the tournament. Overall, he
played 20 years as a professional with various clubs in Venezuela and Bolivia, including Caracas FC, Estudiantes de Merida FC, Merida FC and Club Deportivo Oriente Petrolero.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Fabian Bazan joined the Orlando City staff as its strength and conditioning coach prior to the 2020 Major League Soccer season, a role he has occupied for nearly 30 years across different clubs and under Oscar Pareja since 2015 at FC Dallas.
Before joining the FC Dallas staff, Bazan spent one year with Club Tijuana following six years serving as the strength and conditioning coach for the Venezuelan National Team from 2007-13. Prior to that time, he enjoyed stints at various clubs across Central and South America, beginning in his current role with Argentine club Rosario Central in 1993.