Major League Soccer announced today that FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja has been named the 2016 MLS Coach of the Year.
In his third year with FC Dallas, Pareja led the club to its first title in 19 years with a domestic double. The club captured its second U.S. Open Cup title (1997, 2016) with a 4-2 victory over the New England Revolution on Sept. 13, followed by its first Supporters’ Shield title after registering the best regular-season record in 2016 (17-8-9 record, 60 points).
FC Dallas also became the first MLS side to earn 60 points in back-to-back seasons.
Pareja edged out Colorado’s Pablo Mastroeni for the top coaching award. See the voting breakdown here:
It should also be noted at how well Pareja has been over the last few years at cultivating the youth movement with the club. The team recently signed their 16th and 17th Homegrown players and once again they lead the league in Homegrown minutes played in 2017. According to the FC Dallas press release, FCD HGPs logged 4,897 minutes in MLS this season, as well as 800 minutes in the team’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run and 865 minutes in CONCACAF Champions’ League play.
Pareja is also the second FCD coach to win the Coach of the Year honor, former manager Schellas Hyndman won the award back in 2010.