Oscar Pareja blames Referee for Sounders Defeat

Pareja vs Sounders

Nov 1, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja puts his hands on his knees during the second half against the Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. Seattle beat Dallas 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Having seen his FC Dallas side lead for a large portion of their away leg against the Seattle Sounders, head coach Oscar Pareja slammed the referee.

Following Andreas Ivanschitz superb solo equalizer, Pareja made it perfectly clear that he felt FC Dallas had been hard done by for Clint Dempsey’s winner.

Pareja was not referring to Dempsey’s sublime free-kick itself, more the fact that he should never have been given the chance to take it in the first place.

In what was a game of several bad decisions, Pareja indicated in his post-match comments that he believed the award of the free-kick in a dangerous goalscoring position was a complete mistake by the official.

“It’s incorrect.” – Oscar Pareja
Pareja stated, “The second one [goal], it wasn’t a foul. Period,”. Pereja then further added, “It wasn’t a foul, and on this big of a stage, you cannot give that. It’s incorrect”.


It appears that Pareja could be using the sense of injustice be motivate and fire up his troops ahead of the return leg on Sunday, although the prospect of a Conference Final should be enough on it’s own.

Pereja wrapped up his post-match comments with a simple “The series is open. We’ll wait for them in Frisco.”, indicating that the poor decisions will be avenged.


One thing that is certain is the fact that this tie is far from over, with just one goal separating to two sides with 90 minutes to go.

FC Dallas boast a 13-2-2 record at home this season, the best record in the MLS. This should give Pareja and his side the belief that they can turn things around in Dallas. However, in order to do so they will need to overturn their recent hoodoo against the Sounders, having one just 1 of the last 8 games against Sigi Schmid’s men.