The rumor mill is turning up right now for FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja, we’ll get more into that later but for now here are some links for the day.
// FC Dallas //
Report: Oscar Pareja is in the running for the open US manager job - Big D Soccer
Pareja wouldn’t go until 2019 if the report ends up being true...but man it is a bit of a bummer to potentially lose him here as FCD's coach.
FC Dallas’ Oscar Pareja has not met with U.S. Soccer Federation - ESPNFC
And now a little bit of cold water is thrown on the matter.
FC Dallas proves they can get it done on the road against Vancouver - Big D Soccer
There are some good notes in this one on how FCD struggles against physical-type attackers and that this win may have been one of Reggie Cannon's worst performances of the season.
Chalkboard: Oscar Pareja’s gamble in Vancouver pays off - Big D Soccer
This was certainly one of those games that Pareja wanted his team to sit back more and counter. In the end it did pay off with those two set piece goals.
PLAYOFF PRIMER: FC Dallas on Verge of Clinching Postseason Berth in Portland | FC Dallas
This could easily be the weekend that FCD clinches a playoff spot but there is one random scenario that could see it extend into another week.
WHAT WE LEARNED: Colman's Aerial Presence, Set Piece Dominence and Dueling Canadians | FC Dallas
I do like the call out in this one for how Colman played on Sunday. It wasn't a performance that we'll remember or even one that will keep him here long term but he did take care of some things in the air.
// MLS //
Led by Bedoya, Philadelphia Union ride into US Open Cup final on a high | MLSsoccer.com
The Union are riding high into this week's USOC final in Houston.
FiveThirtyEight: Galaxy still alive, Whitecaps suffer devastating loss | MLSsoccer.com
For whatever it is worth, their simulations put FCD at winning the West right now.
Six Degrees: Maddeningly Inconsistent - Stumptown Footy
To help prepare for this weekend's opponent, here is a little recap of the Timber's frustrating loss to Minnesota.