Having a vision
Orlando City coach Óscar Pareja embraces challenge of building winning team
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
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.