STORRS, Conn. – Juan Carlos Osorio, a former student-athlete under Ray Reid, will take the reins as manager of Mexico’s National Team, as announced by the organization on Tuesday night.
Osorio played at Southern Connecticut State University during the 1988 season when Reid served an assistant coach under long-time head man Bob Dikranian. Reid took over the program in 1989, leading the Owls to the 1990, 1992, and 1995 NCAA Division II National Championships before moving to UConn prior to the 1997 campaign.
The 53-year old is coming off a stint as the manager of Sao Paulo in Brazil and also has held coaching stops in MLS, including time with the Chicago Fire (2007) and New York Red Bulls (2007-09).
With the Fire, Osorio inherited a last-place team and led it to a playoff qualification, topping D.C. United in a first-round series victory. He finished with a 6-3-6 record, helping the team reach the Conference Final for the sixth time in nine seasons.
In 2008, he led the Red Bulls to their first MLS Cup Final, upending the defending champion Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake.
Osorio will take the helm prior to the start of Mexico's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. The Mexicans are grouped with Honduras, El Salvador and Canada in CONCACAF's semifinal round and open the round against El Salvador at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Nov. 13.
Reid and the Huskies return to the pitch on Wednesday, Oct. 7 when they play host to American Athletic Conference foe Cincinnati. Kickoff at Morrone Stadium is set for 7 p.m.