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Discussion in 'FC Dallas' started by Tyler66, Dec 30, 2005.
Is Oscar Pareja a HOFer?
Pareja certainly deserves to be in the FCD Hall of Fame.
Probably not the other ones, though.
I didn't vote because my choice wasn't available...
Oscar belongs in the first class of Burn players to receive their
plaque on the Walk of Fame along with Leonel, Dodd, Kreis, Zarco & Haynes.
MLS HOF: neutral ("yes" based on emotional (biased) sentiment)
No, unfortunately, but if PHP ends up with anyting like a ring of honor, he goes in first. The guy is total class, and will be missed horribly. He's so well respected and intelligent that I think he has to be a coach on this or some other team. He deserves his shot at the brass ring.
Ditto across the board.
As I said in my walk of fame top ten, Oscar needs a strong coaching career in US to be US HOF or the Texas Walk of Fame. He should be in the FCD wall of honor (or whatever) if there is one.
A good player, and should probably be in the FC Dallas/Burn Hall of Fame/Ring of Honor/Whatever. I don't see much of an argument for being in the MLS Hall of Fame, if there were such a thing. Here's what I look at first when thinking about things like this: 1.) Did he play on any championship teams or very strong non-championship teams, and if so, what was his role? 2.) Did he ever win or was he a finalist for any MVP or other awards such as Defender of the Year? 3.) How many selections to the postseason Best XI? 4.) How many All-Star teams did he play on? 5.) How many games did he play in his career? 6.) Special considerations.
As near as I can tell, the only criterion he scores well on is number of games played. Without looking it up (okay, so I'm lazy today) I don't think he was on more than a couple of All-Star teams, if that, and players like Dante Washington, Mike Clark and Dario Brose have been on All-Star teams at least once. I wouldn't consider them Hall of Famers.
I guess if you're a Burn fan you could say that the fact that you really like the guy is a "special consideration" worthy of a vote. Players in all sports get sympathy votes sometimes. But I don't see much of an argument for contending that Pareja is a Hall of Fame-quality player rather than just a good player.
U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame? Please. Then again, Mike Windischmann got in, so who knows?
Captain of the US 90 World Cup team.