Orlando City SC are set to hire Luiz Muzzi to run the club's soccer operations, according to ESPN's Jeff Carlisle. Muzzi would join Orlando from FC Dallas, where he was vice president of soccer operations, a club he's been at since 2012.
The Lions recently parted ways with general manager Niki Budalic after a disappointing 2018 season in which the club set a new MLS record for goals conceded in a season.
Muzzi, 49, held a few roles in the FCD organization over the years before being elevated to vice president, serving as director of soccer and technical director. Prior to Dallas, Muzzi was director of soccer for the marketing agency Traffic Sports from 2003 to 2012, overseeing strategy for player and team assets. He was also GM of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers when the club played in the USL and NASL.
"Luiz Muzzi is currently serving as FC Dallas’ Vice President of Soccer Operations. Our club’s focus right now is building our roster for 2019,” an FCD spokesperson told MLSsoccer.com.
Muzzi is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French.
FC Dallas could face an offseason of major change after head coach Oscar Pareja already departed the club, unveiled as manager of Liga MX side Club Tijuana.