Rapids take calculated risk with Pareja

Updated: January 6, 2012, 1:46 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

One thing the Colorado Rapids can't be accused of is hiring a retread to replace the fired Gary Smith as head coach.

The 2010 MLS Cup champions turned to former FC Dallas assistant Oscar Pareja on Thursday, spurning the likes of Denis Hamlett and Tom Soehn, both of whom have experience as MLS head coaches. Richie Williams, another former MLS manager, albeit as an interim replacement, was also passed over.

That's not say the Rapids are taking a leap of faith, ...

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