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Who is El Patrón?

31 October 4:15 pm

Who is El Patrón?

By German Sferra

Nicknames are fairly common among soccer players.

We've heard of Lionel 'la Pulga' Messi, Carlos 'el Pescado' Ruiz, and even our own Jeff "the Ginger Ninja" Larentowicz and Luis "el Morumbi" Zapata.

And today I heard a nickname that I think will stick with Colorado Rapids fans.

During Wednesday morning's training session I heard Stew Ceus call for the ball by raising his arm and shouting "Patrón, Patrón." That's the spanish word for "Boss," or a figure of that nature.

Hendry Thomas looked up, saw Ceus, and delivered the ball.

And there he was: The Boss, El Patrón!

Afterwards I asked Hendry how that name came about. He explained that in Honduras he was often called "El Doctór," because of his use of glasses. But this time, he said it was the Colombian duo of Zapata and Jaime Castrillon that started calling him that, and then many of the English speaking players and even some of coaching staff followed.

"I thought it was funny," Hendry told me, laughing about it. "It was funny but I still had to ask them why they gave me that name and why it has stuck."

Zapata clarified.

"We named him that because whenever he talks, everybody listens. He's is el patrón, the boss."

I'm thinking his dominating play may also have something to do with this name...