Spencer Gives Up Captain's Armband "For the Team to Go Forward

Exclusive to - In a meeting with the Rapids coaching staff called by forward John Spencer the former Scottish international has asked Head Coach Tim Hankinson and his coaching staff to pass his Captain’s armband to a new player to fulfill the role of Rapids Team Captain effective immediately.

As the Rapids' striker explains in his own words below the decision was based on what he thought would be best for the Black and Blue for the rest of the season.

"It was a decision that had been building up for a couple of weeks said Spencer. "My 2004 season has been disappointing for me and I thought that this would be a good time to give the team a positive kick in the backside."

"For the team to go forward from a striker’s perspective I need to be more focused on scoring goals especially this time of the season with three important games left and then the playoffs."

John Spencer had been the acting Rapids Team Captain since former Captain Marcelo Balboa was traded to the MetroStars on Jan. 11 2002.

The player appointed to carry the Captain’s armband for the remainder of the season has been revealed as midfielder Pablo Mastroeni who has served as the club’s Captain in the past when Spencer was injured suspended or otherwise unavailable for a match.

"Pablo is sitting on the midfield and can see most of the game added Spencer. "He is a guy that gets all my respect as well as the respect of everyone in the locker room and on the coaching staff."

Therefore when the Rapids take the field Saturday night in Kansas City if John Spencer is in the lineup it would be the first time in almost 3 seasons that the fiery Scot is on the pitch for the Rapids at kickoff without that armband adorning his uniform.