Óscar Pareja (born August 10, 1968 in Medellín) was a Colombian football midfielder who is now head coach of Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.
Playing career 
Pareja came up through the youth system of Atlético Nacional; however, he began his professional career in 1987, debuting for renowned club Independiente Medellín, and assisted on the winning goal in a 1-0 victory on his debut. He played eight years with Independiente Medellín, from 1987 to 1995, helping them to be runners-up in 1993, and leading them to a respectable performance in the 1994 Copa Libertadores. In 1995, Deportivo Cali purchased Pareja from Independiente Medellín; Pareja paid immediate dividends, helping Cali to a championship in the 1995-1996 season, their first in 22 years. He would stay with them four years, before signing with Major League Soccer of the United States.
He was allocated to New England Revolution on May 26, 1998, but was soon traded to Dallas Burn for Mexican forward Damian Alvarez. This proved to be one of several poor trades that the Revolution would make at this time, as Pareja would go on to become a fixture in Dallas' midfield for years to come, and Damian would only play two games with the Revs before leaving the league. Although Pareja played little for Dallas in 1998, he earned himself a place at the center of Dallas's midfield for the 1999 season, playing 27 games and scoring four goals and six assists, while coordinating the Burn attack. Pareja remained in this position for eight years, playing in 189 regular season games for Dallas, while scoring 13 goals and 52 assists, and was named to the MLS Best XI in 2002. Pareja announced he would retire following the 2005 MLS season and took a job as an assistant coach with FC Dallas.
Pareja also played for the Colombia national football team, playing 11 games and scoring three goals, and playing in the 1991 Copa América. Pareja is nicknamed El Generalito, the Little General, but is now called Papi.
Coaching career 
Pareja served as an assistant coach with the United States U-17 men's national soccer team at the IMG Soccer Academy in 2007-08. He then moved on to the coaching staff at FC Dallas for five seasons in a variety of roles.
On January 5, 2012, Colorado Rapids signed Pareja as head coach.
Coaching record 
- As of 1 September 2012
||January 5, 2012
- 1.^ Includes league, playoffs, cup and CONCACAF Champions League.
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