Brad Namdar- The Next Iranian/American: Mourinho
FRISCO, TX- F.C. Dallas has now
set the trend and innovative nature of creating the first ever Coaching
Internship or known as “Estagio” in the MLS. Bardia (Brad) Namdar (21)
is currently junior at SMU and is home grown talent. Born and raised in
Dallas, Namdar has played both college football and soccer at the
highest level. His goal is to coach at the professional level, and to
lead his respective national team to a World Cup Victory.
Not only being the first club in the MLS to create this position, but
also investing in Brad showed the community that hard work and
determination pays off. Brad’s great uncle, Jafar Namdar who has
recently been inducted in to the FIFA Hall of Fame said, “F.C. Dallas
understands what soccer is by creating this position, they understand
that there is so much talent out there and I know Brad will be able to
make his club proud”. With soccer getting more and more popular in the
U.S., developing players is not only important but coaches as well.
Chris Hayden Dir. of Coaching of FC Dallas Youth said, “Brad is
extremely energetic, creative, and is a great leader…he has been a
tremendous help for us at FC Dallas.”
Namdar works with the FC Dallas Juniors program, consisting of the top
U-16, U-19 players in the area, and professional players as well. He
works directly with internationally known coaches such as, Oscar Pareja
and Director of Coaching of FC Dallas, Chris Hayden. Not only that,
Namdar assists with the MLS team as well! Working directly with Schellas
Hyndman and his coaching staff. This passed summer he worked with the
coaching staff in training to learn, watch, and help the team. “It was
just great to be out there and a part of the club”, Brad said. Brad also
was invited to help Inter Milan in a private training session as well,
and was on the bench for the FC Dallas vs. Inter Milan game. FC Dallas
shocked the soccer world when they tied the reigning Champions League
Winners Inter Milan to a 2-2 score line!
Brad has also held a charity soccer camp for the children of Vickery
Meadow, and Heart House in Dallas. He contacted over 20 sponsors, had
free soccer balls, shirts, coupons, gifts, awards, snacks, live dj, and
over 200 children attend. “If there is one thing I learned from F.C.
Dallas it was the importance of giving back to the community and to
provide opportunities,” said Brad. His camp was directly for
underprivileged kids who had a passion for the game, but didn’t have
access to quality coaching/equipment, “Brad’s Dream Big Soccer Camp was
the highlight of so many children’s year, and F.C. Dallas should be
proud of him”, said Lea Beach Dir. of Heart House. More info on his
charity camp can be found out on www.dreambigsoccer.com.
“Soccer is the world’s game, and it’s a beautiful game. It brings the
world together, and ignites passion, I learned that a club is more then
the team and the players. The administration is the heart and soul of
this club, and this club is second to none”, said Brad. Pat Parker who
is currently in the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame said, “Its great to see
such a young guy making such an impact as a coach, things look bright in
Brads future, and for the future of U.S. soccer as well… I think he will
make a big impact on the game.”
This past summer Brad has been nominated for the MLS Community MVP
award. If you wish to find out how to help nominate him you may contact
him at email@example.com .
We should be very proud of Brad his is a great Iranian/American young
man shining in the sports world!