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FC Dallas and Head Coach Oscar Pareja Mutually Agree to Part Ways

Let the coaching search officially begin.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

After a wild weekend of rumors, the talk of Oscar Pareja leaving FC Dallas became a reality on Monday as the team announced that they have mutually agreed to part ways.

The club will immediately begin a search for his replacement.

“This was a difficult decision for everyone involved, but after extensive discussions over the last few weeks, we believe the best course of action is for Oscar to pursue another opportunity,” said FC Dallas Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt. “Dan and I have tremendous respect and admiration for Oscar as a coach and as a person, and we sincerely appreciate his significant contributions to the club over the years. He will always be an important part of our FC Dallas family.”

In a way this was definitely in the works for Pareja and the club for some time. As he departs as the club’s second all-time winningest coach behind Dave Dir.

“This was a difficult decision for me and my family. FC Dallas has been our home for many years, but we felt it would be best for us to seek a different challenge which enables me to keep growing as a coach,” Oscar Pareja said. “This club and its players are heading on the right path and I have no doubt they will get there. I would like to thank the Hunt family, Clark and Dan, for their support throughout my time here. The memories I have made with this club will stay with me and my family for a lifetime.”

Since joining FC Dallas as its sixth head coach on January 10, 2014, Pareja compiled a 78-49-43 record which included two back-to-back 60-point seasons in 2015 and 2016. He also guided the team to a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title and the MLS Supporters’ Shield, both in 2016. Pareja earned MLS Coach of the Year honors for the 2016 season.