Another former MLS player (Oscar Pareja) expected to become an MLS coach (Colorado Rapids)

With Oscar Pareja’s expected appointment by the Colorado Rapids, the number of MLS head coaches who once played in the league would increase to 13 out of 19. (For what it’s worth, 20 of the 30 NBA head coaches are former NBA players.)

Eastern Conference

Chicago Fire: Frank Klopas, age 45 (played for Kansas City, Chicago)

Columbus Crew: Robert Warzycha, 48 (Columbus)

D.C. United: Ben Olsen, 34 (DCU)

Houston Dynamo: Dominic Kinnear, 44 (Colorado, San Jose, Tampa)

Montreal Impact: Jesse Marsch, 38 (DCU, Chicago, Chivas USA)

New England Revolution: Jay Heaps, 35 (Miami, New England)

New York Red Bulls: Hans Backe, 59

Philadelphia Union: Peter Nowak, 47 (Chicago)

Sporting Kansas City: Peter Vermes, 45 (New York, Colorado, K.C.)

Toronto FC: Aron Winter, 44

For the Western coaches.....

Western Conference

Chivas USA: Robin Fraser, age 45 (L.A., Colorado, Columbus)

Colorado Rapids: Oscar Pareja, 43 (New England, Dallas)

FC Dallas: Schellas Hyndman, 60

Los Angeles Galaxy: Bruce Arena, 60

Portland Timbers: John Spencer, 41 (Colorado)

Real Salt Lake: Jason Kreis, 39 (Dallas, RSL)

San Jose Earthquakes: Frank Yallop, 47 (Tampa Bay)

Seattle Sounders: Sigi Schmid, 58

Vancouver Whitecaps: Martin Rennie, 36

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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