Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja is one of 13 current MLS coaches that also played in Major League Soccer. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Pareja played at least one game regular season game against each of those 12 coaches.
Pareja first played against seven of the now coaches during his 13-game stint with the New England Revolution with which he began his MLS career before moving on to Dallas.
On Sunday, Pareja and the Rapids face the Philadelphia Union - led by head coach Peter Nowak. It was against Nowak's Chicago Fire that Pareja played his first-ever MLS game on June 14, 1998. The Fire defeated New England 3-1 that day with Nowak assisting on the final Chicago goal at old Foxboro Stadium. In all, Pareja and Nowak met 14 times during their playings days:
Regular season games: Pareja was 3-4-1 vs Nowak, registering one goal and fours assists to Nowak's one goal and six assists.
Post-season games: Pareja was 2-3-1 vs Nowak, notching three assists to Nowak's one goal and six assists.
Last week: Pareja and Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha met for the first time as head coaches, with Pareja's Rapids claiming the 2-0 win. It was a much different result than when they met the first time as players, when Warzycha's Crew scored six goals on Pareja's Revs before NE got one back in the final minute on August 8, 1998.
In all, Pareja and Warczycha met six times during the regular season as players. Pareja was 2-4-1 all-time against Warzycha, with the Colombian totaling two assists and the Poland-born Warzycha combining for three helpers.
*stats provided by the Elias Sports Bureau