Oscar Pareja was confirmed as the head coach of the Colorado Rapids yesterday. The Rapids website has a video interview with Oscar as well as reaction from former FCD player Drew Moor....This is going to be a tough one to get used to.
“I am honored to join such a great organization like the Colorado Rapids, and want to thank everyone at Kroenke Sports & Entertainment for the opportunity.” said Pareja. “This is a dream come true, and I am excited to get started at the Player Combine this weekend and the SuperDraft next week. We already have a great team and everyone is optimistic about what we can achieve this season and beyond. I also want to express my most sincere thanks and gratitude to Clark and Dan Hunt and everyone at the FC Dallas organization, who have all played a huge part in my career and life since 1998.”
3rd Degree caught up with Oscar to get some final words with him.
“I have mixed feelings of course. I really love it here, but I’m really excited for this opportunity,” Pareja said today by phone, “it’s a great chance to see if we can make it happen. “
“It’s hard to find the right moment sometimes. It’s always been for me about taking steps in the right direction and at the right time. I’ve had other offers and turned them down because it wasn’t the right time.”
Back to some better news now and the newest FC Dallas signing, Blas Perez, is being hailed as the answer for FCD at forward.
“Blas has been a player that has had our interest for years,” manager Schellas Hyndman told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. “We’ve had him on our Discovery List since I’ve been here for three-and-a-half years.”
Though the club has had interest in Peréz in the past, his contract, which was owned by Mexican side Tigres UANL, contained a costly buyout clause and loan fee, which FC Dallas wanted no part of.
Todd Date has some thoughts on the Blas Perez signing, including the sentiment that the announcement of the signing was mishandled in the presentation to the hispanic media.
With the Cowboys’ season now over, the Rangers about a month before the start of spring training, and the Mavericks no longer having a Latin player, the local Latin media are looking for stories.
One spot on the team that was left vacant by Pareja's leaving, reserve team coach, has already been filled by Marco Ferruzzi, a great hire and a guy that is really becoming a big part of this organization.
“We are very happy to have Marco as our reserve coach for the coming season,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “He has worked very hard and continues to grow to become an outstanding coach in MLS. He has earned the opportunity to be the FC Dallas Reserve coach through his hard work and his knowledge of the FC Dallas way.”