It has been a wild year for Oscar Pareja. This time last year he was packing up his bags in Frisco to head to Mexico to take over Club Tijuana in Liga MX. Fast forward to today and he could be heading back to MLS.
Club Tijuana announced on Monday evening that manager Oscar Pareja has parted with the club.
Club Tijuana and Óscar Pareja have parted ways by mutual agreement.— Xolos (@xolos_en) November 26, 2019
We wish Óscar and his technical staff the best of luck in future endeavors. pic.twitter.com/k3loAs6xSb
This adds to the report from over the weekend by journalist Cesar Luis Merlo, that Orlando – where Pareja’s former FCD colleague Luiz Muzzi – have offered him a multi-year contract on higher wages than he was earning in Tijuana.
But that deal may not be totally done and ready to announce as ESPN’s Taylor Twellman added a new wrinkle to the news this morning.
Obviously not a “done deal” yet but Orlando has been since the regular season ended and that was to make sure Pareja’s exit wasn’t compromised. I will say this though there is one other #MLS team “interested” fwiw. #FunTimes https://t.co/cuFONcnKGx— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) November 26, 2019
Which team would that be? Other than Orlando City, right now there are openings in Chicago, New York, Salt Lake, and expansion side Inter Miami who are currently without a coach.
My gut tells me a team like Miami or Chicago would be a good fit for the former FCD boss. Miami for one appears to be another club that wants to have strong South American ties, so hiring someone like Pareja makes sense, especially since he knows the league very well.
Where do you think Papi lands? In Orlando with Muzzi or somewhere else in MLS?