Pacific’s Daniel Ortiz To Coach In English Premier League
Pacific goalkeeper coach Daniel Ortiz is off to the English Premier League.
The club has announced that Ortiz, who had arrived this year as a replacement to Mark Village, will take next steps with Brentford FC.
The English top flight side has hired him as their assistant goalkeeper coach ahead of their third consecutive season in Premier League. It’s a remarkable jump in stature for Ortiz, and a hefty statement that Pacific had recruited quite smartly when it brought in the Spanish goalkeeper coach.
Ortiz had spent the last six years coaching at Barcelona’s fabled La Masia academy, where he worked with a variety of youth levels. He holds a UEFA A coaching license along with a UEFA GK B, and had been a goalkeeper coached with Spanish lower league side UE Castelldefels before his move to La Masia.
An experienced goalkeeper coach was a must for this season, with Pacific banking that 19-year-old Emil Gazdov could step into a starting role with his competition for the spot being just two years older.
Pacific FC are joint league-leaders when it comes to least goals conceded, with the club currently resting second place in the CPL table.
It looks like Pedro Guerreiro will step in to replace Ortiz. He arrived to Pacific from Portuguese second division side CD Mafra at the start of July. He brings plenty of European experience with him, having also coached for the likes of UD Vilafranquense, FC Barreirense, and the Viseu FC Academy (among others), and has also coached in the likes of China, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
While Guerreiro has yet to be announced by Pacific, we’d be surprised if he wasn’t confirmed to be the long-term goalkeeper coach replacement as Ortiz takes flight into the English Premier League.