All this week we will be counting down the top five 'Mastroeni Moments' – all from Pablo’s playing career with the Rapids – as voted by you, the fans. Coming in at #4 is the important moment almost 10 years ago when a changing of the guard occurred in Denver.
As Pablo Mastroeni prepares to join four other illustrious Rapids names in the team’s Gallery of Honor, one of those players was directly responsible for the current head coach’s development as a leader. John Spencer, the Rapids captain starting in the 2002 season, decided late in 2004 that he wanted to hand the role to Mastroeni.
“It was a decision that had been building up for a couple of weeks,” Spencer said Spencer at the time. “I thought that this would be a good time to give the team a positive kick in the backside.”
Spencer had been struggling in 2004 – his final season as a pro – and decided Pablo was the new man for the captain’s role. Mastroeni took the armband and held it from September 23, 2004 for nearly a decade, until his trade to the LA Galaxy on June 16, 2013. Drew Moor took over fromor Pablo after the trade, and when Mastroeni became the head coach, he confirmed that Moor would continue in the role.