Hav­ing a vi­sion

Or­lando City coach Ós­car Pareja em­braces chal­lenge of build­ing win­ning team

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS FRIDAY - By Ju­lia Poe

New Or­lando City coach Ós­car Pareja said he searches for the same three things when­ever he takes on a new team: char­ac­ter, iden­tity and bal­ance.

Dur­ing his first news con­fer­ence in Or­lando, most of Pareja’s prom­ises for the Lions’ fu­ture

LIONS hinged on sim­i­lar in­tan­gi­bles. But his vi­sion for the fi­nal prod­uct on the field is set.

“We would like to have an at­tack­ing team, all the time,” Pareja said. “We can be ag­gres­sive. We can score a lot of goals. We can cre­ate a team that can be in that of­fen­sive mind all the time.”

That ag­gres­sive style ful­fills what Or­lando City ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of soc­cer op­er­a­tions Luiz Muzzi was search­ing for at the end of the 2019 sea­son. Muzzi failed to find com­mon ground with for­mer coach James O’Con­nor through­out the course of the team’s fifth straight los­ing sea­son.

Now, re­u­nited with his for­mer coach­ing part­ner of five years from FC Dal­las, Muzzi said Pareja is the per­son who will lead Or­lando City to the play­offs for the first time in club his­tory.

“Why is he dif­fer­ent? That’s a

RI­CARDO RAMIREZ BUXEDA/OR­LANDO SENTINEL

Or­lando City ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of soc­cer op­er­a­tions Luiz Muzzi, left. in­tro­duces Ós­car Pareja as the Lions’ new coach dur­ing a news con­fer­ence at Ex­plo­ria Sta­dium on Thurs­day.

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