Pareja named 2016 Coach of the Year
Major League Soccer announced earlier this week that FC Dallas head
coach Oscar Pareja has been named the 2016 MLS Coach of the Year.
In his third year at the helm of FC Dallas, Pareja led the club
to its first title in 19 years with a domestic double. The club
captured its second U.S. Open Cup title (1997, 2016) with a 4-2
victory over the New England Revolution on Sept. 13, followed by its
first Supporters’ Shield title after registering the best
regular-season record in 2016 (17-8-9 record, 60 points).
FC Dallas became the first team in league history to record
consecutive 60-plus point seasons after finishing the 2015 campaign
with an identical 60-point mark. In 2016, FC Dallas captured 17
wins, most in the league, along with a formidable 12-1-4 MLS
regular-season home record when playing at Toyota Stadium. FC Dallas’
double title this season was the first such occurrence since Seattle
Sounders FC accomplished the feat in 2014.
Under Pareja, FC Dallas has continued to cultivate and reap the
rewards of its youth development system. FCD Homegrown Players logged
4,897 minutes in MLS this season, as well as 800 minutes in the team’s
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run and 865 minutes in CONCACAF Champions’ League play.
Dallas recently signed its 17th Homegrown Player, Bryan Reynolds,
the most by any one club in MLS. The team now has nine FC Dallas
Academy products on its first team roster.
Pareja becomes the second coach in FC Dallas history to win MLS
Coach of the Year, and is the fifth consecutive and seventh overall
former MLS player to win the honor.
The MLS Coach of the Year Award was voted on by MLS club
management, media, and current MLS