I recognize that there's threads with posts about OP all over the place, and the recent discussion has been in the thread about worshipping Smith. I don't really want to go into Smith as opinions are pretty much set, and posting about OP in that thread invites the comparison that so many swear that they don't want but continue to make. So, an Oscar thread. Why does he need his own thread? I think that there's some dissonance around Oscar Pareja. On the one hand, OP is a new coach. He's not very experienced. The most we know about him is that he had some success with FCD's youth. He's still a pretty blank slate when it comes to being a head coach. On the other hand, it seems as if people know, or think they know, more about him than they do. OP as a former player turned head coach is our Kreis, Olson, or Jesse Marsch. From a distance, all those guys' first years were a mystery to me, and I've watched as - Kreis and Olsen in particular - they've struggled to find their feet. It seems to me that Pareja is very much on the same track. He is a mystery, that is revealing itself as we watch. I don't know that Pareja was introduced in any other way, but the impression I get is that there's some disconnect, that this is ultimately a rebuilding year and it's being done with a rookie coach. I think there's some on the job learning going on, and I'm fine with that, but thinking about it this way tends to open up my mind to what's happening with the Rapids. Looked at this way on the whole he's done very well. Now has the FO presented it this way? I don't think so, I'm not sure they've presented it any other way, either. I do think that they're inclined to avoid these ideas, the way a politician would avoid saying "surveillance" by saying "safety". It's as if it's a some how bad to talk about, or a slight, but it's a disservice to pretend that Pareja comes with expectations befitting a proven coach and it's a disservice to pretend like he's in a situation to win this year.