Oscar Pareja: “We felt it would be best for us to seek a different challenge which enables me to keep growing as a coach.” (Photo courtesy of MLS)
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas is looking for a new coach as head man Oscar Pareja has parting ways with the Major League Soccer club.
Pareja reportedly is negotiating to direct Tijuana in Liga MX.
FC Dallas will immediately begin a search for his replacement.
“This was a difficult decision for everyone involved, but after extensive discussions over the last few weeks, we believe the best course of action is for Oscar to pursue another opportunity,” FC Dallas chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. “Dan and I have tremendous respect and admiration for Oscar as a coach and as a person, and we sincerely appreciate his significant contributions to the club over the years. He will always be an important part of our FC Dallas family.”
Since joining FC Dallas as its sixth head coach Jan. 10, 2014, Pareja compiled a 78-49-43 record, which included two back-to-back 60-point seasons in 2015 and 2016. He also guided the team to a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title and the MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2016. Pareja earned MLS coach of the year honors for the 2016 season. He is the winningest head coach in the modern era of FC Dallas and is second on the club’s all-time wins list behind former Dallas Burn head coach Dave Dir (81 victories).
“This was a difficult decision for me and my family. FC Dallas has been our home for many years, but we felt it would be best for us to seek a different challenge which enables me to keep growing as a coach,” Pareja said in a statement. “This club and its players are heading on the right path and I have no doubt they will get there. I would like to thank the Hunt family, Clark and Dan, for their support throughout my time here. The memories I have made with this club will stay with me and my family for a lifetime.”
Pareja has had multiple stints with the FC Dallas organization, serving as a player for the Dallas Burn from 1998 until his retirement in 2005. He spent the next two seasons as an assistant coach for FC Dallas before serving as an assistant coach on the U.S. Under-17 Men’s national team.
In 2008, Pareja rejoined FC Dallas as Director of Player Development for the FC Dallas Youth system, a program he quickly established as one of the nation’s best. In the 2010-11 season, Pareja was named the U-18 Academy Coach of the Year before taking the U-18s to a runner-up finish at the national championship. U.S. Soccer rated the FC Dallas Academy number one in the nation out of more than 70 clubs in 2011. Pareja coached the Colorado Rapids in 2012 and 2013 before returning to serve as Dallas’ head coach in 2014.
“Oscar represents so much of what we stand for at FC Dallas,” club president Dan Hunt said. “Our fans will always remember his enthusiasm, passion and indelible influence on the organization that resulted in remarkable success.”