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Pareja edges Mastroeni for MLS Coach of the Year

21:34 EAT 01/12/2016
Oscar Pareja FC Dallas 09172016
The FC Dallas boss led his team to a pair of trophies and edged out Pablo Mastroeni of the Colorado Rapids.

FC Dallas' Oscar Pareja has won the 2016 MLS Coach of the Year award, the league announced Thursday.

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In a very close vote, Pareja edged Colorado Rapids boss Pablo Mastroeni, 34.44 percent to 32.97 percent. New York City FC’s Patrick Vieira finished third with 15.85 percent of the vote.

Pareja saw Dallas take home two titles in 2016: the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield. The team, however, was unable to recover from the loss of playmaker Mauro Diaz late in the season and fell short of winning the treble with a loss to the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference semifinals.

Pareja finished second to Jesse Marsch in 2015's Coach of the Year balloting as his Dallas side suffered a near-miss of the Supporters’ Shield, losing out the New York Red Bulls on goal difference. With the team's performance this season, FCD became the first side in MLS history to record at least 60 points in consecutive seasons.

Mastroeni oversaw a dramatic turnaround of the Rapids, as the team jumped from 37 points and a last-place finish in 2015 to 58 points, second place in the Western Conference in 2016. The team was in contention for the Supporters’ Shield on the final day of the season, though it fell two points short of Dallas.

The Rapids boss was the most popular pick among MLS coaches and front office personnel, but finished well behind Pareja in the player vote and just behind in the media vote.

Vieira, in his first year as NYCFC’s coach, took over a side that missed the playoffs in its inaugural 2015 campaign and led it to a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference before the club was ousted in the conference semifinal round by Toronto FC.