Omid Namazi - Director of Soccer

Omid Namazi is the Director of Soccer at the Ukrainian Nationals Soccer Club and brings exceptional coaching experience and soccer knowledge.

 Omid holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” coaching license and is the current Assistant Coach for the United States U-20 Men’s National Soccer Team (USMNT). Recently, Omid was assistant coach for the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT). Previously, Omid was assistant coach for the Iranian National Men’s team that qualified for the World Cup in 2014.

Omid played professionally in:

  • American Soccer League (ASL)
  • American Professional Soccer League (APSL)
  • Major League Soccer (MLS)
  • United States Indoor Soccer League (USISL)
  • National Professional Soccer League (NPSL)

 

Timeline and other successes:

  • Omid was named as an assistant coach to the Iran Pro League club Steel Azin F.C. in 2011
  • Later in 2011 Omid became assistant coach of the Iranian national team alongside Carlos Queiroz and goalkeeping coach Dan Gaspar.
  • June 2013, Iran qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, before qualifying for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup months later.
  • March 2014, Omid became the assistant coach of the United States women's national soccer team.
  • Omid has coached with the NJ State association’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) program as well as teaching some of that state’s youth coaching license courses.
  • Omid earned Defender of the Year status in 2001 in the NPSL. He is a two-time Coach of the Year in the Major Indoor Soccer League and coached in the Women's United Soccer Association.
  • After a long-playing career, in March 1999, the Philadelphia KiXX hired Omid, as interim head coach. His success led to a permanent contract in July 1999. In 2001, Omid took the KiXX to the MISL championship series. In 2002, the KiXX won the championship, defeating the Wave.
  • Omid became 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.
  • Omid returned to playing for the Cleveland Force in October 2003. In March 2004, the Force named Omid 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, Omid 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 Omid moved to California to coach youth soccer for a year.
  • Omid returned to coaching indoor soccer in September 2007 with the New Jersey Ironmen. On June 3, 2010, he was named head coach of the Chicago Red Stars in the Women's Professional Soccer, replacing Emma Hayes.
  • Omid is currently an assistant coach with the U-20 Men’s National team.