Orlando Metropolis’s quest for a primary playoff berth in membership historical past can be led by a coach who is aware of just a little one thing about main groups to the MLS playoffs.
The Lions have introduced the hiring of Oscar Pareja because the group’s new head coach. Pareja joins Orlando Metropolis after spending a 12 months in command of Membership Tijuana, which he left just lately by mutual consent.
The transfer reunites Pareja with Luiz Muzzi, Orlando Metropolis’s govt vp of soccer operations, who labored with Pareja at FC Dallas. Pareja compiled a 78-49-43 file throughout 5 seasons at FC Dallas, the place he received a U.S. Open Cup title and MLS Supporters’ Protect in 2016, incomes MLS coach of the 12 months honors.
FC Dallas certified for the MLS playoffs in 4 of Pareja’s 5 seasons, including to Pareja’s profitable stint as Colorado Rapids head coach, which noticed him lead the Rapids to the 2013 playoffs.
Orlando Metropolis can be hoping Pareja can snap the Lions’ postseason drought, which has seen the Florida membership miss out on the playoffs in every of its 5 seasons.
Pareja takes over an Orlando Metropolis aspect that completed with the third-worst file in MLS in 2019, posting a 9-15-10 file that value then-head coach James O’Connor his job after two seasons in cost.
Pareja joined Membership Tijuana for the 2019 Clausura marketing campaign, serving to lead the Xolos to the playoffs. His second season, within the 2019 Apertura marketing campaign, was much less profitable and noticed the Xolos miss the playoffs.
Serving to Orlando Metropolis attain the playoffs for the primary time received’t be straightforward, however Pareja can be inheriting a group that ought to have some roster flexibility so as to add some much-needed items to a squad that options Nani, Mauricio Pereyra and Dom Dwyer.
The Lions can be hoping Pareja can assist set up the membership’s participant improvement system to develop the sort of success Pareja discovered at FC Dallas, the place he helped flip Dallas into top-of-the-line groups in MLS at growing homegrown expertise.