[MLS SPOTLIGHT]The Oscar Pareja makeover of the Colorado Rapids continues. A mainstay of the Rapids lineup for more than a decade and a veteran of two World Cups for the USA, midfielder Pablo Mastroeni has been traded to the Galaxy along with the rights to Baggio Husidic. In exchange the Rapids received a second-round 2014 SuperDraft pick and an international roster slot that expires at the end of the 2014 season.
Mastroeni, 36, started his pro career with the defunct Miami Fusion in 1998. He’s played in 325 regular-season games for Miami and Colorado, which he helped win the 2010 MLS Cup. He missed most of last season recovering from post-concussion problems, and this season had played 305 minutes in seven appearances (five starts).
Husidic, 26, a former member of the Chicago Fire, currently plays in Sweden for Hammarby IF, which like the Galaxy is owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group and is coached by ex-Galaxy and USA defender Gregg Berhalter. Husidic scored five goals and registered six assists playing for Chicago from 2009 to 2011.
Since taking over in Colorado prior to the start of the 2012 season, Pareja has cut loose several members of the 2010 championship team, including Conor Casey, Omar Cummings, Jeff Larentowicz, Kosuke Kimura and now Mastroeni, who is reunited at the Galaxy with head coach Bruce Arena, his coach on the 2002 and 2006 World Cup teams.