After the game Rapids' manager Oscar Pareja was naturally asked by reporters about the coaching vacancy in Frisco and as you would expect, Pareja didn't offer up a ton on the rumor that he could be heading back to Frisco. Pro Soccer Talk's Liviu Bird was able to snag this quote from the former Dallas assistant.
"With all my respect ... I'm the head coach of the Colorado Rapids today," he said. "For the respect of my players and the effort that they put in today, it's not a question that I will address."
He spent seven seasons in Frisco as a player before retiring to become the franchise's academy director in 2005.
He turned the FC Dallas Academy into the best in MLS, churning out several Homegrown Player signings who made it to the first team, and was named the United States Soccer Development Academy Coach of the Year in 2009.
Pareja has been rumored recently to be returning to Frisco, just two years after accepting the head coaching job in Colorado. This year's turnaround by the Rapids has largely been due to Pareja's willingness to use his young roster early on this season. That with some key additions in the middle of the season, helped guide the Rapids to a playoff berth and one of their best seasons in club history.
The fun really begins now for both sides. I know there are plenty of people talking up his name in Frisco right now, so the rumors aren't just floating around aimlessly, they have some traction to them.
But just how badly does Pareja want to return to the club that he called home for so many years? How badly does the FC Dallas front office want him back? I think the next couple of weeks will tell us those answers.