Oscar Pareja Steps Down from Colorado Rapids Head Coaching Role; Is He Headed to FC Dallas?
Early on Saturday, Soccer By Ives reported that Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja had stepped down. With less than two weeks before the 2014 MLS Draft, this report is nothing but bad news for the Rapids. In 2013, the team’s young core stepped up, and many thought Pareja was Coach of Year worthy. However, Colorado’s 2014 does not look so bright with this latest news.
Sources: Oscar Pareja has stepped down as Colorado Rapids head coach. Breaking on @GoalUSA
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 4, 2014
In addition to Pareja abruptly leaving Colorado, many are now linking him to FC Dallas‘ coaching vacancy. This comes at no surprise as rumors have noted Pareja’s interest in becoming Dallas’ next coach. However, it is unclear if Dallas would have to compensate Colorado financially at this point. Nonetheless, this move would be great for Dallas. Last year, Pareja showed what he could do with a roster filled with two top MLS rookies.
During the 2014 MLS Draft, Dallas currently holds the fifth overall pick, and holds zero picks in the second round. The first two rounds tend to produce the best MLS talent, however, players taken in the Supplemental Draft have also found success. In 2014, the Supplemental Draft is combining with the SuperDraft.
If Pareja indeed moves to Dallas, there is a potential for quick success. On the other hand, Colorado’s 2013 success that looked to continue in 2014 takes a step back in Pareja’s abrupt, and somewhat shocking, departure. Yes, it was rumored Pareja was going to become FC Dallas’ next coach earlier in the offseason, but most of the time coaches don’t leave with less than two weeks before the draft and subsequent preseason training and matches.
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