With Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja recently having finished his second year in Colorado, rumors began to swirl in the media about FC Dallas’ coaching vacancy and that club’s assumed interest in Pareja, who spent the final eight years of his playing career and six more as an assistant coach with the Texas team.
However, Rapids President Tim Hinchey on Thursday spoke to local media and www.ColoradoRapids.com about the speculation, specifically a report from ESPNFC.com on Wednesday night that said Colorado had rejected an advance from another MLS team about Pareja.
“Regardless of anyone who has called or will call they’re going to get the same answer, which is they’ll be denied permission to speak,” said Hinchey. “Oscar’s our coach and that’s not going to change.”
“Our coach wants to stay here,” continued the Rapids President. “We’ve given him his first opportunity as a Head Coach and he’s run with it. He’s done a phenomenal job with it, and I think hopefully he sees the support of the ownership, myself, Paul [Bravo, Rapids Technical Director], all of us: we’re a team and I think that’s unique.”
MLS policy dictates that any club seeking a new head coach needs permission to speak with another club’s coach about the job, though Hinchey declined to specify which team had contacted him.
“It was the first time that I’ve done it, but I respectfully declined the request,” said Hinchey. “I’m prepared to do that as long as we’re all together and making this progress, and I don’t see that changing.”
With Pareja, Bravo and Hinchey on the same page, the Rapids President sees the group being able to achieve more in the future.
“I think we have a special relationship,” said Hinchey. “The three of us… we have debates, we have arguments, we have discussions, we have disagreements, but the whole bit of this ‘one club’ mantra is that when we open the doors and we go forward, we are going the same direction.”
“We’re part of an organization, with the support of ownership, that allows us to create an environment that I think is rare, at least in my experiences in sport,” Hinchey continued. “I think there’s a sense, and I’m only speaking for myself, but there’s something really to build on here and we get to have [an impact on that], and I think that’s pretty rewarding.”