Some crave the national spotlight. Others are indifferent. Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja falls in the latter.
Colorado's match on Friday at Portland will be broadcast live on national TV on the NBC Sports Network (8 p.m. MT). The Rapids' following match, on October 5 versus the Seattle Sounders at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, will also be on NBC SN.
If you think the exposure will play a role in the how the Rapids approach the games, you'd be wrong.
Pareja admitted that he did not even know the games were on the national outlet, and doesn't expect to see anything different from his players under the lights.
"It shouldn't matter," coach said. "I don't think it should be a factor or change anything. (The players) need to perform well in front of 10, or 100, or 1000, or on TV. That's the mentality I would like them to have."
The Rapids are 2-1-0 in the three English-language national broadcasts this year, defeating Real Salt Lake (April 6) on NBC Sports and the LA Galaxy (July 27) on ESPN2, and suffering their worst loss of the season at Portland on June 23 on NBC Sports.
Pareja did concede that while the team won't be affected, the spotlight is good for the club.
"For me it's more about exposing the club so that people who are distracted can see that the Colorado Rapids are one of the best teams in the League so far," he said.