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FC Dallas has plenty of options to replace Oscar Pareja

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The options out there aren’t terrible and Dallas shouldn’t play it too safe either.

MLS: Seattle Sounders at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday brought the news that FC Dallas was parting ways with head coach Oscar Pareja. Now it is time to get to work on finding a new manager. There are some good candidates out there that the Hunts can look at this winter but there are also some equally bad ones that they should avoid.

The Good

Luchi Gonzalez

I’m not sure you’ll find a person on our staff that isn’t excited by the possibility of Gonzalez being in the running for this gig. He’s been with the club since 2012, primarily in the academy system. He coached the FCD U16s to two straight USSDA National Championships and was then he was promoted to Academy Director.

The biggest downside, if you want to consider that, is that he has yet to coach on the professional level. Before Pareja’s departure, most of us had him pegged to be the manager of the newly created USL League One team that is set to begin in 2019.

But the downside for me isn’t much of one if the staff he surrounds himself with has MLS experience. Given how young this team already is and will likely continue to be in 2019, Gonzalez has had a hand in the development of nearly half of this roster. He knows young players, what makes them tick, and how to get the most out of them.

Tab Ramos

Some of you may remember me calling for Ramos to be hired last time around but I will throw his name out yet again.

The big thing with Ramos for me is his ability to connect and coach young players. He’s got loads of experience with the youth national team and has even coached his fair share of FC Dallas academy players over the years through the national team (most recently with Paxton Pomykal, Brandon Servania and Chris Richards).

The worry though with Ramos is potentially convincing him to leave the national team system. He’s been managing the U-20s since 2011. Also, from what we can tell, he has little-to-no connection with the Hunts. We know they like to have history with their coaches in some capacity.

The Not-Bad-But-Not-Great

Marco Ferruzzi

The long-time assistant has been with the club for 15 years now. He’s been an interim manager before and one can’t help but wonder if his time is finally here. Ferruzzi was an assistant coach under Colin Clarke, Steve Morrow, Schellas Hyndman, and most recently, Oscar Pareja.

I think it is fair to say that Ferruzzi isn’t looking to depart Dallas just yet with his son, Diego, playing in the academy.

Speaking of the academy, Ferruzzi was there at the start of the academy like Pareja. He’s also been the main man for a while now in running the team’s trainings and has overseen the college scouting program and the SuperDraft preparations for several years now.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto

GBS was actually an option way back when the club was last in a coaching search before landing Pareja. The former league MVP for the Columbus Crew has since been a big time coach in South America with Lanus and most recently with Boca Juniors.

He would be in the mold of a big name ‘get’ in my book too. The trouble with that is he’s probably more in tuned to go to LA or Columbus when he makes his return to MLS in the coaching ranks.

The good news though on that is he was in the running last time around and could be open to this kind of gig given the academy set up and connection with the large amount of South American players FC Dallas attracts.

The Terrible

Caleb Porter

Just read what Jason Poon wrote the other day on this subject.

Jason Kreis

Oddly enough, Kreis is in the very same boat for me as Porter. While both have won MLS titles, neither are really what FC Dallas needs to progress forward in this league.

I know his time in Salt Lake was very fruitful but if you look at his track record with playing young players out of the academy there, it was almost nonexistent. Let’s not forget about him crashing and burning in both New York City and Orlando. I know those two situations were drastically different than what he would even be close to getting into here in Dallas but I just can’t see him being the right guy.


Who is a name you want to see added to the list? Are there past club legends out there like Leonel Alvarez or maybe convince Kenny Cooper to break into coaching? Maybe another academy guy like Peter Luccin?