Pablo Mastroeni was named the seventh Head Coach in Colorado Rapids history on March 8, 2014, following a legendary playing career that saw him set several Rapids franchise records. Prior to being named Head Coach, Mastroeni had overseen all first team activities throughout the 2014 preseason in his role as Special Assistant to the Technical Director.
Mastroeni first took charge of the Rapids in early January of 2014, heading the technical staff through the MLS Combine and MLS SuperDraft, in which the team selected four players (Marlon Hairston, Grant Van De Casteele, Jared Watts and John Berner) all currently on the team’s roster. The team had a 4-2-2 record in preseason, in which the team played an up-tempo, passing and possession style of play, and showed commitment to the Rapids’ ideal of providing an opportunity for young players to prove themselves and earn significant minutes.
Finishing his playing career in 2013 as Colorado’s most decorated player, Mastroeni 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 currently holds club records for most games played (225), games started (217) and minutes played (18,669), and served as the Rapids captain from late 2004 until his trade to the LA Galaxy during the 2013 season.
Mastroeni came to MLS with the Miami Fusion as the 13th overall selection in the 1998 MLS College Draft after a standout four-year career at North Carolina State. In four years with Miami, Mastroeni appeared in 100 regular season games, made two MLS All-Star teams, and earned a spot on the MLS Best XI in 2001 while helping the Fusion to the Supporters’ Shield with the league’s best regular season record. He joined the Rapids in the 2002 MLS Allocation Draft after Miami was contracted, and played in 13 seasons with Colorado before a trade to the LA Galaxy in June of 2013, where he finished his playing career. In total, Mastroeni played 334 MLS regular season matches, eighth most in MLS history, and 27,522 minutes, fifth on the all-time list and second among non-goalkeepers.
Also a veteran with the United States National Team, Mastroeni made 65 appearances for his country over the course of nine years. The holding midfielder played in both the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, playing three games at the 2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea as the U.S. reached the quarterfinals, and two more at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Mastroeni was also a member of the U.S. squad in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007, helping the United States win the tournament in 2005 and 2007, while also appearing in the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003. Mastroeni made his National Team debut in a friendly against Ecuador in June 2001 and made his final appearance in June 2009 in a World Cup qualifying victory over Honduras.
Born in Argentina but raised in Arizona, Mastroeni lives in the Denver area with his wife, Kelly Long, and children Gianluca and Giuliana.