FC Dallas adds Jose Maria Bazan to Academy coaching staff

FRISCO, Texas – In a move to further strengthen the future of the FC Dallas first team, the club has added another of North Texas’ top coaches to one of the leading youth academies in Major League Soccer.

Jose Maria Bazan will join FC Dallas as an academy coach for the U-16 and U-18 teams that play in U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. He will also be responsible for scouting youth players of all ages. Bazan will work under the direction of FC Dallas’ academy director and reserve team head coach Oscar Pareja, who founded the program four years ago.

“We have studied the best youth systems from all around the world and the model we are building is all about providing opportunities for our younger players,” Pareja said. “All of the recent improvements we made to our academy were done to allow us to produce players in the same manner as the top clubs in the world.

“The academy has become player-centric, which ultimately helps the club be both more professional and better suited to provide the ultimate professional developmental environment.”

In addition to assisting Pareja, Bazan will work closely with coaches Chris Hayden and Francisco Molina, who brought the FC Dallas Academy to the forefront of MLS. FC Dallas first team goalkeeper coach Drew Keeshan and assistant coach John Ellinger will also continue in their current roles with an academy that has produced the most Home Grown players in MLS.

A U.S. Soccer Federation “B” Licensed Coach, Bazan is a certified trainer that holds both a director of coaching diploma and an Argentinean Youth National Soccer Diploma. Bazan coached in North Texas with Andromeda Soccer Club from 1996 to 1998 before founding River Plate Soccer Club in Lucas, Texas. Bazan built River Plate into a strong organization from 1998 to 2007 before rejoining Andromeda as a director of coaching following the merger of the two clubs.

A former professional player in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Brazil from 1986 to 1996, Bazan ended his playing career in Dallas with the DFW Tornados of the then United Soccer Leagues D3 Pro League.