As FC Dallas arrived in Mexico ahead of their important Champions League semifinals clash with Liga MX side Pachuca, the club announced they have re-signed manager Oscar Pareja to a new contract. Terms of the contract were not announced but the press released states it is a long-term deal.
The extension is certainly well deserved as Pareja led FC Dallas to two titles last season with wins in the US Open Cup and then the league’s Supporters’ Shield. The club is currently looking to advance to the finals of the Champions League for the first time in team history as well. He was also named MLS Coach of the Year in 2016. And if that all wasn’t enough he helped guide the club to back-to-back 60 point seasons.
Pareja has been one of the more consistent coaches in MLS during his tenure as a head coach. He has a MLS record of 51-30-21 in three seasons, as well as a 8-1-2 record in the US Open Cup. Pareja is currently 53-30-22 (.609) three games into the 2017 MLS season.
“We are excited to ensure Oscar will be our head coach for many years to come,” FC Dallas Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in the press release. “As a manager and a developer of talent, Oscar has proven himself to be among the elite in our sport, and we look forward to even greater success under his leadership in the future.”
Pareja has also found success in the Homegrown player field with the first team as well as manager. The first-team roster currently features nine Homegrown players, the most in MLS. FC Dallas finished second in 2016 in minutes played by Homegrowns with 4,897.
What do you make of the news that the club has Pareja locked up for a few more years now?