Colorado Rapids name Pablo Mastroeni head coach

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Pablo Mastroeni was named head coach of the Colorado Rapids, the club announced Saturday.

According to the Colorado Rapids official website, Mastroeni retired from the team following the 2013 season, after playing more than 11 seasons in Colorado.

He has been leading the first team through the pre-season, said the Rapids, and will now resume the role permanently.

“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.”

Mastroeni has led the team through pre-season activities since January, said the Rapids.

“It is a great honor to take this new position at the Rapids, a club which means a great deal to me and my family,” said Mastroeni. “I have seen this team’s ability and potential up close over the last two months, and I can’t wait for the season to get started.”

During his playing career, Mastroeni was named to the MLS All-Star Team 2002 to 2008, his first seven years with the club, and earned Rapids MVP honors in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

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