FC Dallas signs coach Oscar Pareja to long-term deal
FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas has agreed to a long-term contract extension with coach Oscar Pareja after the club won the U.S. Open Cup and had the best record in Major League Soccer last season.
Pareja has a 53-30-22 record three games into his fourth season with FC Dallas. Terms of the deal announced Thursday weren't released.
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FC Dallas finished with an MLS-leading 60 points last season before losing its playoff opener to the eventual MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference semifinals. Pareja's .609 winning percentage is the best for an FC Dallas coach.
Under Pareja, FC Dallas has found success with its homegrown program. The first-team roster currently includes a league-high nine homegrown players.
FC Dallas also announced they will train in Mexico ahead of Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League semifinal at Pachuca.
"It's great prep for us. Not only physically, but mentally, as well, to get away and really concentrate on the task at hand, which is to move on to the finals of the Champions League," FCD defender Walker Zimmerman told the club's website.
"It's a great experience to be here. Now we've got a full week of training ahead of us to prepare for what's arguably the biggest game that we've had as a club. We're ready for it and looking forward to get going."
FC Dallas is 2-1-0 for seven points this season, two points back of West-leading Portland.
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