Orlando City sign coach Oscar Pareja through 2025


Orlando City SC and head coach Oscar Pareja agreed Tuesday to a new two-year contract through 2025.

Pareja, 55, has guided the Lions to a 70-37-42 record since taking over ahead of the 2020 MLS season.

Orlando City has made the MLS Cup Playoffs four times and the Concacaf Champions Cup twice on his watch.

“Oscar has been integral to what we are building, and his leadership and dedication to winning championships has set an example for everyone at our Club,” team chairman Mark Wilf said in a news release. “Oscar takes great pride in representing Orlando City SC and has established a culture that embodies everything our organization is about and a team of which our fans can be proud. The positive relationships and respect Oscar creates with his players has built a critical foundation for success. We are excited to have Oscar continue to lead us into the future.”

Pareja previously coached the Colorado Rapids (2012-14) and FC Dallas (2014-18). The Colombia native was the MLS Coach of the Year in 2016.

“I first want to say how grateful I am to the Wilf family and the whole ownership group for the support that they’ve given us and allowing us to create the culture here that we have built these last few years,” Pareja said. “The support that the fans have shown us has been incredible through everything and, along with everyone working at the Club, they’ve made me feel like this is home. We know that there are things left that we want to achieve here in Orlando and I feel like we can accomplish those objectives. I’m excited to stay here in Orlando and for what’s to come.”

Orlando City finished second in the Eastern Conference with an 18-7-9 record in the 2023 regular season. The Lions lost 2-0 to the eventual MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew in the East semifinals.