Pareja while coaching FC Dallas.
|Full name||Óscar Alexander Pareja Gómez|
|Date of birth||10 August 1968|
|Place of birth||Medellin, Colombia|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|FC Dallas (head coach)|
|1998||New England Revolution||13||(0)|
|2005-2007||FC Dallas (assistant)|
|2007-2008||United States U-17 (assistant)|
|2008-2011||FC Dallas (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Óscar Alexander Pareja Gómez (born 10 August 1968) is a former Colombian football midfielder. He is currently the head coach of FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. Pareja is nicknamed El Generalito, the Little General, but is now called Papi.
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Pareja came up through the youth system of Atlético Nacional; however, he began his professional career in 1987, debuting for renowned club Independiente Medellín. In his debut, he assisted on the winning goal in a 1-0 victory. He played eight years with the club, from 1987 to 1995, helping them to be Categoría Primera A runners-up in 1993, and leading them to a respectable performance in the 1994 Copa Libertadores. In 1995, Deportivo Cali purchased Pareja from Independiente Medellín; he paid immediate dividends, helping Cali to a championship in the 1995-1996 season, their first in 22 years. He would stay with them four years.
Pareja then signed with Major League Soccer (MLS) of the United States. After joining MLS, Pareja was allocated to the New England Revolution on 26 May 1998, but was soon traded to the Dallas Burn for Mexican forward Damian Alvarez. This decision was one of several poor trades that the Revolution made during this period, as Pareja would go on to become a fixture in Dallas' midfield for years to come, and Damian would only play two games with the Revs before leaving the league. Although Pareja played little for Dallas in 1998, he earned himself a place at the center of Dallas's midfield for the 1999 season, playing 27 games and scoring four goals and six assists, while coordinating the Burn attack. He remained in this position for six more years, playing in 189 regular season games for Dallas, while scoring 13 goals and 52 assists, and was named to the MLS Best XI in 2002. He announced he would retire following the 2005 MLS season and remained with the club, now renamed as FC Dallas, as an assistant coach.
Pareja spent two seasons as an assistant coach with FC Dallas in 2006 and 2007. He then left the club to join the United States U-17 men's national soccer team as an assistant coach at the IMG Soccer Academy in 2007-08. He then returned to the coaching staff at FC Dallas as a director and coach in their youth system. He was praised for the system's achievements and was named the U-18 Academy Coach of the Year for the 2010-11 season. For the 2011 MLS season, Pareja returned to the first team as an assistant coach. He was also head coach for the reserve team.
The Colorado Rapids signed Pareja as head coach on 5 January 2012. He led the Rapids into the playoffs in 2013. During the following offseason, he resigned as Colorado head coach on 4 January 2014.
Pareja was announced as the head coach of his former club, FC Dallas, on 10 January 2014, after Dallas traded a first-round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick and allocation money to Colorado. He led the club into the playoffs in both of his first two seasons as head coach. In 2015, Dallas was the regular season Western Conference champions and runners-up for the Supporters' Shield. The following year the club won both the Supporters Shield and the U.S. Open Cup.
|Colorado Rapids||5 January 2012||4 January 2014||69||25||13||31||36.23|
|FC Dallas||10 January 2014||present||149||76||30||43||51.01|