Pablo Mastroeni with LA against the Rapids on July 27, 2013
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Pablo Mastroeni on his return to Colorado with LA: It was surreal

LA Galaxy midfielder and former Rapids veteran Pablo Mastroeni following the Rapids 2-0 win over LA:

On returning to play against the Rapids for the first time:

"After 12 years at this club, it's kind of surreal. I had a hard time sleeping thinking about it. I actually woke up in the middle of the night thinking that I had a game with the Rapids. It was the most bizarre, surreal kind of experience, but I think when the whistle blows, everything kind of goes out the window. It's all that anticipation stuff that's emotional and unsettling. Once the whistle blew, we had a job to do, and I didn't even think about it for a second. It was good to get out there and get through this process that was inevitable, and move on."

On the game overall:

"I think it's interesting. We had the lions' share of chances in the first half and good movement of the ball. I think we were the more dangerous team and we didn't really allow them to get into a flow. Anytime you go in at halftime with a 1-0 deficit, especially on a set piece, that's kind of been our Achilles heel in the last month or so, it's tough to bounce back. When you're not prepared and you go out kind of flat and they get a second goal within the first five minutes, it's a tough mountain to climb, especially in altitude. We made our own job more difficult. I think overall the effort was there. We've just got to clean up a few things and keep working on concentrating on set pieces."

On moving into the exhibition games and then the later part of the season:

"I think these games are good to keep building on what the team's been building on. I think these games are going to pose a different type of challenge, and probably a challenge we won't see too often in this league. It will give guys a good opportunity to play against really good opponents, and to see where you stand individually, and more importantly, where you fit collectively with the team moving into the later part of the season. I think it's going to be a great opportunity to play against guys you watch on TV all the time, and to measure yourself up against them."