FC Dallas, Oscar Pareja part ways amid links to opening at Tijuana
FC Dallas have parted ways with manager Oscar Pareja amid reports that the Colombian will take on the same role at Liga MX side Tijuana.
Sources told ESPN Mexico that Pareja has agreed to a deal with Tijuana, who fired Diego Cocca after having lanquished for most of the season in Mexico's top division.
Pareja's agreement with Tijuana was initially reported last week by Goal.com.
Pareja had a successful tenure at the helm of Dallas. He guided the team to a U.S. Open Cup title and the MLS Supporters' Shield -- both in 2016 -- and earned MLS Coach of the Year honors for that season. He is second on the franchise's all-time wins list (78 victories) behind former Dallas Burn head coach Dave Dir (81).
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Winningest head coach in the modern era of FC Dallas.
Today, the team and Oscar Pareja have mutually agreed to part ways. #ThankYouPapi
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"This was a difficult decision for me and my family. FC Dallas has been our home for many years, but we felt it would be best for us to seek a different challenge which enables me to keep growing as a coach," Pareja said in a statement, without mentioning Tijuana. "This club and its players are heading on the right path and I have no doubt they will get there.
"I would like to thank the Hunt family, Clark and Dan, for their support throughout my time here. The memories I have made with this club will stay with me and my family for a lifetime."
Pareja has been a mainstay at Dallas since the franchise's early days. He played for the Burn from 1998 until his retirement in 2005. He spent the next two seasons as an assistant coach for the club before serving as an assistant coach on the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team.
In 2008 to 2011, Pareja directed Dallas' player development program before taking the managerial job with the Colorado Rapids in 2012 and 2013.