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Monday, October 17, 2011
Bobby Rhine and Oscar Pareja inducted into the Texas Soccer Walk of Fame

By Buzz Carrick

This past Saturday former teammates Bobby Rhine and Oscar Pareja became the first two players from FC Dallas franchise history to be inducted into the Texas Soccer Walk of Fame. In a small ceremony prior to the Vancouver Whitecaps game the two were inducted into the Walk of Fame. Bobby's wife Bevan was there on his behalf.

Both men made huge contribution to FC Dallas and soccer in North Texas soccer both on and off the field. FC Dallas has posted a video about the ceremony for fans to watch.

Oscar Peraja

- A product of the Atletico Nacional youth program, made his professional debut with Independiente Medellin in 1987.
- Independiente Medellin 1987-1995
- 1995 purchased by Deportivo Cali winning their first title in 22 years during the 95-96 season.
- Deportivo Cali 1995-1998
- May 26, 1998 allocated to New England Revolution.
- Acquired from the New England Revolution on August 15, 1998 for Damian Alvarez.
- Dallas Burn / FC Dallas 1998-2005: 189 regular season games, 13 goals, and 52 assists. 17 playoff games, 5 assists.
- MLS Best XI in 2002.
- Retired in 2005.
- Colombia national team: 11 games, 3 goals.
- Member of the 1991 Colombia squad that finished 4th at Copa America.
- Two seasons as FCD assistant
- Spent part of a year as an assistant to longtime friend and newly-appointed United States U-17 Men’s National Team coach Wilmer Cabrera.
- Become the Director of Player Development for the FC Dallas Youth system in mid-2008
- Built the FCD Academy to one of the best in the nation, in 2010-11 rated the best in the nation among over 70 different clubs.
- 2010-11 U-18 Academy Coach of the Year
- 2010-11 led FCD U-18s to a runner-up finish at the national championship
- 2011 named FC Dallas Reserve team head coach.

Oscar Pareja MLS Career Highlights

Bobby Rhine

- Second Team All-American in 1998 at UConn.
- Drafted out of the University of Connecticut 6th overall with Dallas’ first round draft pick.
- Made his first start for Dallas against the then-San Jose Clash on May 15, 1999. (Scored 2 goals, the first off an assist from Pareja.)
- Best season: 2002, 7 goals, 6 assists, 1 playoff goal.
- 212 games played, 23 goals and 34 assists all in a FC Dallas uniform.
- A striker or midfielder for most of his career, moved to defense in 2005.
- Named captain for his final match against LA Galaxy on October 26, 2008.
- Retired in 2008 and moved into the FCD front office as Manager of Community Development.
- Part time coach for FC Dallas Youth.
- Started the second half of his career in broadcasting as the FCD color commentator and later play by play man.
- Passed away September 5th, 2011.

Permanent Tributes to Bobby Rhine

- 2011 Walk of Fame inductee
- Bobby Rhine Fall Invitational (youth soccer tournament)
- Bobby Rhine Memorial Scholarship (awarded annually to a player in the FC Dallas Youth system)
- "Forever Our Voice" banner hanging below broadcast booth
- Bronzed cleats leading FC Dallas onto the field (2012)
- Commemorative flag on the South Concourse (2012)

Bobby Rhine Tribute Video