Colorado turns down Pareja approach
An MLS club with a coaching vacancy has spoken with the Colorado Rapids about the availability of manager Oscar Pareja, but the Rapids have rejected that approach, according to a league source.
While the source didn't specify what team had inquired about Pareja, the Colombian has been linked with the position at FC Dallas ever since Schellas Hyndman resigned just prior to the end of the season. Pareja spent eight seasons as a player with FCD, and another five years there as an assistant under several coaches before taking up the managerial role with Colorado.
The only other club currently looking for a manager is the Vancouver Whitecaps, who chose not to renew the contract of Martin Rennie. The Columbus Crew had also been looking for a head coach, but announced the appointment of Gregg Berhalter earlier on Wednesday.
Pareja just finished up his second season with the Rapids, leading them to the playoffs in 2013 where they fell to the Seattle Sounders 2-0 in the Western Conference play-in game. Pareja has also been lauded for his work in developing young players like Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown.
The news will come as a blow to FC Dallas, given that Pareja was believed to have been a favorite of FCD executive Dan Hunt. But a source told ESPNFC.com earlier this week that Pareja "wants to finish what he's started" in Colorado. The Rapids' rejection of the approach ensures that Pareja will be manning the sideline for the club when the 2014 season begins in March.