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FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja named MLS Coach of the Year

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FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja named MLS Coach of the Year
 
Pareja led FC Dallas to U.S. Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield titles
 
NEW YORK (Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016) – Major League Soccer announced today 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 ever U.S. Open Cup title (1997, 2016) with a 4-2 victory over the New England Revolution on September 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, with the club boasting the most active Homegrown Players on a current roster with nine, and leading the league in Homegrown minutes played throughout all competitions in 2016 with 6,294. Dallas recently signed its 17th Homegrown Player, the most by any one club in MLS. 
 
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 players. Below is a breakdown of the voting results:
 
MLS Coach of the Year
Player Vote %
Media Vote %
Club Vote %
Average %
Oscar Pareja (DAL)
36.42%
37.96%
28.95%
34.44%
Pablo Mastroeni (COL)
27.81%
34.26%
36.84%
32.97%
Patrick Vieira (NYCFC)
15.23%
13.89%
18.42%
15.85%
 
MLS Coach of the Year Winners:
2016: Oscar Pareja – FC Dallas
2015: Jesse Marsch – New York Red Bulls
2014: Ben Olsen – D.C. United
2013: Caleb Porter – Portland Timbers
2012: Frank Yallop – San Jose Earthquakes
2011: Bruce Arena – LA Galaxy
2010: Schellas Hyndman – FC Dallas
2009: Bruce Arena – Los Angeles Galaxy
2008: Sigi Schmid – Columbus Crew
2007: Preki – Chivas USA
2006: Bob Bradley – Chivas USA
2005: Dominic Kinnear – San Jose Earthquakes
2004: Greg Andrulis – Columbus Crew
2003: Dave Sarachan – Chicago Fire
2002: Steve Nicol – New England Revolution
2001: Frank Yallop – San Jose Earthquakes
2000: Bob Gansler – Kansas City Wizards
1999: Sigi Schmid – Los Angeles Galaxy
1998: Bob Bradley – Chicago Fire 
1997: Bruce Arena – D.C. United 
1996: Thomas Rongen – Tampa Bay Mutiny