Omid Namazi

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Omid Namazi
Omid Namazi training Zob Ahan.jpg
Namazi in Zob Ahan training in 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-12-08) December 8, 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Provo, Utah, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1984–1987 West Virginia Mountaineers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Washington Diplomats
1990 Hershey Impact (indoor)
1990–1991 Maryland Bays
1992 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 14 (1)
1992–1993 Reading
1993–1994 Los Angeles Salsa
1994–1996 Baltimore Spirit (indoor) 65 (10)
1996 Delaware Wizards
1996MetroStars (loan) 1 (0)
1996–2002 Philadelphia KiXX (indoor) 180 (72)
1997 New Jersey Stallions
1997 Carolina Dynamo
1998 Staten Island Vipers
2001 South Jersey Barons 4 (0)
2003–2005 Cleveland Force (indoor) 18 (2)
2005–2006 St. Louis Steamers (indoor) 2 (0)
2007–2008 New Jersey Ironmen (indoor) 4 (0)
National team
2002–2003 United States futsal
Teams managed
1999–2002 Philadelphia KiXX
2002–2003 San Diego Spirit
2004–2005 Cleveland Force
2005–2006 St. Louis Steamers
2007–2009 New Jersey Ironmen
2009 Ironbound SC (assistant)
2010 Chicago Red Stars
2010–2011 Steel Azin (assistant)
2011–2014 Iran (assistant)
2014 United States women (assistant)
2014–2017 United States U20 (assistant)
2016–2018 United States U18
2018 Zob Ahan
2019 United States U20 (assistant)
2019 FC Helsingør
2019 Iran U23 (assistant)
2019– Houston Dynamo (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Omid Namazi (Persian: امید نمازی‎) is a retired American soccer defender of Iranian descent and is currently assistant coach of Houston Dynamo in MLS. Namazi played professionally in the American Soccer League, American Professional Soccer League, Major League Soccer, USISL and National Professional Soccer League where he was the 2001 Defender of the Year and he played for United States national futsal team. He is a two-time Coach of the Year in the Major Indoor Soccer League and coached in the Women's United Soccer Association. As assistant coach of Iran, he led the team to qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Early life[edit]

Namazi was born in Provo, Utah, when his father, Mehdi Namazi, was attending Brigham Young University to study for a master's degree. The family returned to Iran where Namazi grew up in Tehran. When he was eighteen, his father moved the family back to the United States after the Iranian Revolution. They settled in Washington, D.C. Namazi attended West Virginia University where he played on the men's soccer team from 1984 to 1987. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise philosophy.[1]

Playing career[edit]

In 1988, Namazi turned professional with the Washington Diplomats of the American Soccer League. He spent two seasons with the Dips.[2][3] Namazi played a handful of games with the Hershey Impact of the American Indoor Soccer Association during the 1989–1990 season before being released on January 13, 1990.[4] In 1990, he moved to the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League.[5] The Bays won the league championships that season.[6] He played the 1991 season in Maryland[7] before moving to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for the 1992 season.[8] Namazi played for Reading F.C. during the winter of 1992–1993.[9] In April 1993, he signed with the Los Angeles Salsa of the APSL and played two seasons with them. In December 1994, he signed with the Baltimore Spirit of the National Professional Soccer League.[10] In 1995, he was selected as Second Team All Rookie. In April 1995, the Seattle SeaDogs selected Namadi in the Continental Indoor Soccer League draft, but he declined to sign with them. In 1996, he moved outdoors with the Delaware Wizards of the USISL. He played with the MetroStars of Major League Soccer on loan from the Spirit on July 4, 1996.[11] In June 1996, the Philadelphia KiXX selected Namazi in the NPSL expansion draft.[12] In 1997, he was the USISL Defender of the Year with the New Jersey Stallions.[13] In August 1997, he joined the Carolina Dynamo late in the season.[14] In 1998, he played for the Staten Island Vipers. Namazi continued to play for the KiXX until he left four games into the 2002–2003 season. He was the 2001 NPSL Defender of the Year and won the 2002 MISL championship with the KiXX. In 2001, he played four games for the South Jersey Barons of the USISL.[15] In December 2003, the Cleveland Force traded Steve Klein to the KiXX in exchange for the rights to Namazi. He played for the Force until 2005. In 2002 and 2003, Namazi played for the United States national futsal team.

Managerial career[edit]

In March 1999, the Philadelphia KiXX fired Dave MacWilliams. Namazi, on injured reserve after knee surgery, served as interim head coach.[16] His success led to a permanent contract in July 1999. In 2001, Namazi took the KiXX to the MISL championship series where the team fell to the Milwaukee Wave. In 2002, the KiXX won the championship, defeating the Wave. Four games into the 2002–2003 season, Namazi left the KiXX to become head coach of the San Diego Spirit of Women's United Soccer Association.[17] He took the Spirit to the semifinals of the WUSA playoffs, the only season the Spirit made the playoffs. The WUSA collapsed at the end of the season and Namazi returned to playing for the Cleveland Force in October 2003. In March 2004, the Force named Namazi as interim head coach, making him the permanent head coach a month later. He took the Force to the 2005 MISL championship series, losing to the Milwaukee Wave. The Force collapsed during the off season. On September 21, 2005, Namazi became the head coach of the St. Louis Steamers.[18] He took the Steamers to the championship series where they lost to the Baltimore Spirit. The Steamers folded during the off-season and Namazi moved to California to coach youth soccer for a year. He returned to coaching indoor soccer in September 2007 with the New Jersey Ironmen.[19] On June 3, 2010, Namazi was named head coach of the Chicago Red Stars in the Women's Professional Soccer, replacing Emma Hayes.[20]

In December 2010, Namazi was named as an assistant coach to the Iran Pro League club Steel Azin F.C.. On April 28, 2011, he became assistant coach of the Iranian national team alongside Carlos Queiroz and goalkeeping coach Dan Gaspar.[21] On June 18, 2013, Iran qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, before qualifying for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup months later.[22] On March 26, 2014, Namazi became the assistant coach of the United States women's national soccer team.[23] Later in the year, he became the assistant coach to Tab Ramos with the United States men's national under-20 soccer team.[24]

In January 2016, Namazi was appointed as the new head coach for the United States men's national under-18 soccer team.[25] He won the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship as assistant coach of the US team with Tab Ramos and Brad Friedel.[26]

In May 2018, Namazi became head coach of Persian Gulf Pro League side Zob Ahan with signing a one-year deal. However, he and the club agreed to part ways only six months into the appointment

Namazi then joined the technical staff of the United States U20 national team under manager Tab Ramos. In the beginning of April 2019, Namazi was also hired at the Danish club FC Helsingør. He was responsible for all scouting in North America.[27] On 22 April, FC Helsingør sacked their manager, and the club announced that Namazi would take charge as a caretaker for the rest of the season.[28] On 8 June 2019, he agreed to continue as manager for the club for the upcoming season.[29] However, Namazi expressed regret two weeks later and announced that he would not continue with the Danish club and would move back to the United States.[30]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 9 November 2018
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA +/- Win %
Zob Ahan June 2018 November 2018 11 2 5 4 11 13 −2 018.18
Total 11 2 5 4 11 13 −2 018.18


  1. ^ STRIKERS' NAMAZI LIVED THROUGH HISTORIC ORDEAL Sun-Sentinel – Saturday, May 2, 1992
  2. ^ "1988 Washington Diplomats". January 25, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  3. ^ "1989 Washington Diplomats". January 27, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  4. ^ DEALS THE SEATTLE TIMES – Saturday, January 13, 1990
  5. ^ "1990 Maryland Bays". January 27, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Year in American Soccer – 1990". Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "1991 Maryland Bays". January 27, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "1992 Fort Lauderdale Strikers". January 27, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  9. ^ STRIKERS REVIVE YOUTH SOCCER CAMPS The Miami Herald (FL) – Sunday, December 6, 1992
  10. ^ "Spirit's 4th-period rush tames Wave, 17–14". December 3, 1994. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  11. ^ "Obscure Metro Files: One-game wonders". March 8, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  12. ^ NOT HOUSEHOLD NAMES: KIXX HOPING PLAYERS CHOSEN IN DRAFT WILL CATCH ON Philadelphia Daily News (PA) – Wednesday, June 5, 1996
  13. ^ "The Year in American Soccer – 1997". Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  14. ^ DATE FOR MUTINY GAME SHOULD BE FINALIZED TODAY Greensboro News & Record – Tuesday, August 12, 1997
  15. ^ "Barons All Time Roster" (PDF). Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  16. ^ Kixx's Namazi doesn't want to play, coach Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Tuesday, April 6, 1999
  17. ^ "MISL's Namazi reported set as coach of Spirit" San Diego Union-Tribune – Thursday, October 24, 2002
  18. ^ "Namazi replaces Doran as coach" St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Thursday, September 22, 2005
  19. ^ "Arrival of Ironmen, MISL made official" Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey) – Friday, June 22, 2007
  20. ^ "Chicago Red Stars Name Omid Namazi Head Coach". June 3, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  21. ^ "JOINING QUERIOZ: Namazi named to Iranian staff". May 13, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  22. ^ "Asian Cup 2015 (Qs) MD5: Lebanon 1-4 Iran". AFC. November 20, 2013.
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  27. ^ FCH hyrer tidligere amerikansk U-landstræner,, 9 April 2019
  29. ^ Amerikansk FC Helsingør-vikar får fast aftale,, 8 June 2019
  30. ^ Cheftræner fortsætter alligevel ikke i Helsingør,, 23 June 2019

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