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MLS: Pablo Mastroeni, Rapids part ways

After a dismal start to the 2017 season, the Colorado Rapids have cut ties with head coach Pablo Mastroeni.

Mastroeni was in his fourth season with the club. This season, he posted a record of 6-12-4. As a whole, during his time in charge of the Rapids, his record was 38-51-35.

The Rapids already have Mastroeni’s replacement, naming Steve Cooke as their interim head coach.

“We would like to thank Pablo for his contributions to this organization, both as a player and as head coach,” said Rapids Sporting Director and Interim General Manager, Pádraig Smith. “He has been dedicated to the growth of this club for over 15 years and played an instrumental role in many of our successes.

“Unfortunately, we have fallen short of our expectations, and this decision was taken in the best interest of the players and the organization as a whole,” Smith continued.

The 40-year-old head coach began his coaching career in 2014 with the Rapids. He was also a defensive midfielder from the span of 2002-13, making 225 appearances and scoring five goals.

During his playing career, Mastroeni made 65 appearances with the U.S. Men’s National Team. He was on the USMNT team that won the 2005 and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Mastroeni won the MLS Cup Championships in 2010 with the Rapids.

As for Cooke, he was an assistant coach for the Rapids under Mastroeni. He has more than 20 years of coaching experience in soccer, over in England and in the United States.

According to the Rapids, Conor Casey, assistant, and Chris Sharpe, goalkeeper coach, will remain in their respective positions.


Photo of Pablo Mastroeni courtesy of David Zalubowski/Associated Press.

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