Omid Namazi was named as an assistant coach on Nov. 4 and the former defender brings an extensive coaching background to the Dynamo. Namzi holds a USSF PRO License and started his career as a manager in the Major Indoor Soccer League, earning two-time Coach of the Year honors in 2005 and 2006. Namazi started his international managerial career in 2011 when he became the assistant coach of the Iranian National Team. In 2013, he helped lead Iran to qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Later that year, Namazi was named the assistant coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team before moving on to become an assistant coach on Ramos’ technical staff in the U.S. Men’s U-20 National Team from 2014 to 2017.
Namazi helped current Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos lead the U.S. to the 2017 Concacaf U-20 Champions. He was also appointed the head coach of the U.S. Men’s U-18 National Team in 2016.
The 53-year old became a professional soccer player in 1988 where he debuted with the Washington Diplomats in the American Soccer League. In 1996, Namazi moved to the MLS on loan to the MetroStars before moving into the Major Indoor Soccer League to play with Philadelphia KiXX. While playing in the American Professional Soccer League, the Utah-native earned the Defender of the Year award in 2001. Internationally, Namazi was part of the 2002-2003 U.S. National Futsal Team.