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MLS Sep 20, 2021

FC Dallas parts ways with head coach and former academy director Luchi Gonzalez

FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas has announced the departure of Luchi Gonzalez as head coach of the club. Director of Soccer Operations Marco Ferruzzi will manage the club on an interim basis as the search for a new head coach begins immediately.

“We made the tough decision to part ways with Luchi after a great deal of thought and deliberation. We believe a coaching change is in the best interest of the club at this time to help us achieve our goals,” said FC Dallas President Dan Hunt. “I want to thank Luchi for everything he has done for this organization. We wish him all the best.”

Gonzalez, who took over as head coach of FC Dallas on December 16, 2018, led Dallas to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons in 2019 and 2020. He has a 28-29-25 regular season record as head coach, including a 6-11-9 record in 2021. Prior to assuming the head coaching responsibilities for FC Dallas, Gonzalez served as the Director of the FC Dallas Academy. Gonzalez joined the organization in 2012 as an Academy coach.

FC Dallas Assistant Coach Mikey Varas has also been relieved of his duties. Assistant Coach Peter Luccin and Goalkeeping Coach Drew Keeshan will remain on Ferruzzi’s staff. FC Dallas Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting José de Jesús “Chuy” Vera will also remain on Ferruzzi’s staff.

“Marco Ferruzzi has been with the organization since 2004 and was a member of the coaching staff during our most successful seasons, including 2016 when FC Dallas won the Supporters’ Shield and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup,” said Hunt. “His experience and league insight will serve us well as we work towards competing for a playoff spot this season.”

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