By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 8, 2019) US Soccer Players - When he made the leap from MLS to Tijuana, Oscar Pareja took a risk. Never before had a coach made such a move, joining Liga MX after having coached solely in MLS. Pareja survived until the end of the regular season which is in itself an accomplishment. Nine teams, half of Liga MX, fired its coaches during the Clausura 2019 . . .
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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 25, 2014) US Soccer Players - Oscar Pareja is Colombian by birth and upbringing, a skillful two-way midfielder who ended his long playing career in MLS with the Dallas Burn turned FC Dallas. But his coaching career was born and crafted in the USA. Pareja retired in 2005 and immediately began a tutelage that took him from the FC Dallas staff to the U-17 USMNT . . .
(Jan 10, 2014) US Soccer Players - Oscar Pareja is the new coach of FC Dallas, replacing Schellas Hyndman who resigned at the end of the 2013 season. Pareja leaves the Colorado Rapids after two seasons as head coach. “I spent 14 years in Dallas and both the club and the Hunt family hold a special place in my heart,” Pareja said. “While I am forever grateful to the Colorado Rapids for giving me my . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 28, 2018) US Soccer Players - In Mexico, a much-rumored and not-at-all secret coaching move became official this week. No, it is not Gerardo “Tata” Martino taking over El Tri. Instead, it's a move that could have more impact than that one. Club Tijuana reached north and plucked Oscar Pareja away from FC Dallas and MLS. With it, the Liga MX club lured away one of . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 6, 2019) US Soccer Players - Orlando City Soccer Club is no one's idea of a marquee Major League Soccer franchise. The Lions have a passionate fan base and an international flavor that comes from Brazilian ownership. Still, they can't or won't compete with the nouveau riche of the league dollar-for-dollar in the chase for MLS championships. Winning is harder . . .
The soccer news starts with the coaching situation at Real Salt Lake. Interim coach Freddy Juarez is now the new head coach. The club also removed the interim title from general manager Elliot Fall with Real Monarchs GM Dan Egner becoming RSL technical director and former player Tony Beltran hired as assistant GM. “Having gone through everything with the academy and the Monarchs and now being . . .
The soccer news starts with confirmation of earlier reporting over the weekend. Oscar Pareja is no longer the coach of FC Dallas, leaving the MLS team for Liga MX's Club Tijuana. The move is interesting for both teams. From a Liga MX perspective, is Pareja the coach that stabilizes the situation for Tijuana? From an MLS perspective, what happens to a team that if anything has under delivered over . . .
The only surprise in the MLS Coach of the Year award going to FC Dallas's Oscar Pareja is that he didn't win across all three voting blocks. Pareja carried the player and media votes, losing the club vote to runner-up Pablo Mastroeni of the Colorado Rapids. Pareja edged Mastroeni 34.44% to 32.97%, fair enough considering what Mastroeni accomplished turning around the Rapids. Where Mastroeni's . . .
By Charles Boehm – FRISCO, TX (Dec 3, 2015) US Soccer Players - Results are results. FC Dallas fell one step short of this weekend's MLS Cup with a 5-3 aggregate loss to the Portland Timbers in the Western Conference finals. Yet, while taking nothing away from worthy cup finalists Portland and Columbus, a modest step back in search of long-range perspective suggests that the Texas club's youth . . .
By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 26, 2014) US Soccer Players - There are two ways to view the start of the 2014 MLS season for FC Dallas. Both are valid in their own ways, but they carry with them very different expectations. One presumes a collapse. The other might lead to glory. The first very defensible outlook on FC Dallas’s start so far this season—a start that includes seven goals . . .