Namazi in Zob Ahan training in 2018
|Date of birth||December 8, 1965|
|Place of birth||Provo, Utah, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Zob Ahan (Manager)|
|1984–1987||West Virginia Mountaineers|
|1990||Hershey Impact (Indoor)|
|1992||Ft. Lauderdale Strikers||14||(1)|
|1993–1994||Los Angeles Salsa|
|1994–1996||Baltimore Spirit (Indoor)||65||(10)|
|1996||→ MetroStars (Loan)||1||(0)|
|1996–2002||Philadelphia KiXX (Indoor)|
|1997||New Jersey Stallions|
|1998||Staten Island Vipers|
|2001||South Jersey Barons||4||(0)|
|2003–2005||Cleveland Force (Indoor)|
|2002–2003||United States futsal|
|2002–2003||San Diego Spirit|
|2005–2006||St. Louis Steamers|
|2007–2009||New Jersey Ironmen|
|2009||Ironbound SC (assistant)|
|2010||Chicago Red Stars|
|2010–2011||Steel Azin (assistant)|
|2014||United States women (assistant)|
|2014–2017||United States U20 (assistant)|
|2016–2018||United States U18|
|* 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 currently is the head coach of the Zob Ahan. 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.
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 fall of the Shah. 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.
In 1988, Namazi turned professional with the Washington Diplomats of the American Soccer League. He spent two seasons with the Dips. 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. In 1990, he moved to the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League. The Bays won the league championships that season. He played the 1991 season in Maryland before moving to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for the 1992 season. Namazi played for Reading F.C. during the winter of 1992–1993. 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. 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. In June 1996, the Philadelphia KiXX selected Namazi in the NPSL expansion draft. In 1997, he was the USISL Defender of the Year with the New Jersey Stallions. In August 1997, he joined the Carolina Dynamo late in the season. 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. 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.
In March 1999, the Philadelphia KiXX fired Dave MacWilliams. Namazi, on injured reserve after knee surgery, served as interim head coach. 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. 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. 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. In 2009, he was an assistant with Ironbound SC of the Super Y-League. On June 3, 2010, Namazi was named head coach of the Chicago Red Stars in the Women's Professional Soccer, replacing Emma Hayes.
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. On June 18, 2013, Iran qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, before qualifying for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup months later. On March 26, 2014, Namazi became the assistant coach of the United States women's national soccer team. Later in the year, he became the assistant coach to Tab Ramos with the United States men's national under-20 soccer team.
In January 2016, Namazi was appointed as the new head coach for the United States men's national under-18 soccer team. He won the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship as assistant coach of the US team with Tab Ramos and Brad Friedel.
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