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Report: Oscar Pareja in the running to lead the United States Men’s National Team

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Pareja wouldn’t go until 2019 if the report ends up being true...

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While in the midst of celebrating a big win for FC Dallas over the Vancouver Whitecaps, reports have broken on Monday afternoon that might dampen the mood a bit for fans.

Local Spanish newspaper Al Dia is reporting that Oscar Pareja met with US Soccer officials over the weekend while the club was in Vancouver to discuss the open national team manager position.

Óscar Pareja is being considered to assume the technical direction of the United States football team, three sources with knowledge of the process told Al Día .

The coach of FC Dallas was interviewed over the weekend in Vancouver by representatives of US Soccer, revealed the sources, who requested anonymity.

While this would be a massive loss for FC Dallas, it is one that some have thought could be a possibility for a couple years now. Pareja’s track record at FC Dallas speaks for itself as he has helped coach the team to two titles in 2016, a slew of points over the last few years (first team to go back-to-back 60 point seasons), and of course, overseeing the development of several young Homegrown players with the first team.

There is little doubt in my mind that Pareja should be a top candidate for this job, even if these reports fall through. Pareja has always shown a willingness to trust younger players and gives them a fair shot in terms of playing time. More importantly, he gets American soccer players and MLS.

A lot could change as this story develops but it is certainly one that we’ll keep a close eye on. In the mean time, what do you make of this news? Happy for Pareja? Is there any worry that the club will have a massive drop-off without him?