[MLS SPOTLIGHT] On the opening day of the 2014 MLS season, the Colorado Rapids finally announced they have a head coach. Former Rapids star Pablo Mastroeni, who spent the preseason running the team with the title of special assistant to the technical director, has been given the job.
First-Year MLS Coaches (2014):
AGE COACH (TEAM)
37 Carl Robinson (Vancouver)
37 Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado)
40 Jeff Cassar (Real Salt Lake)
40 Gregg Berhalter(Columbus)
46 Wilmer Cabrera(Chivas USA)
Mastroeni, who has led the Rapids since early January as they went 4-2-2 in preseason matches, retired from MLS following the 2013 season that he finished at the LA Galaxy. He was presented to Rapids fans at a kickoff party for the Centennial 38 supporters group.
SA Confidential: Mastroeni on his coaching models
“We are thrilled to name Pablo Mastroeni our head coach, and everyone at the club is excited for his tenure to begin,” said Rapids President Tim Hinchey. “We underwent a deliberate search, and Pablo’s experience, approach, and the work he did throughout preseason proved to us that he is the right man for this role.”
One of the few two-time U.S. World Cup players to have never played abroad, Mastroeni spent 12 seasons with the Rapids. He was named to the MLS all-star team in his first seven years with the club (2002-2008) and earned Rapids MVP honors in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He holds Colorado records in games played, games started, and minutes played, and served as the Rapids captain from late 2004 until his trade to the LA Galaxy during the 2013 season.