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 #5 is Mastroeni’s blast from distance against the New England Revolution.
Early in the 2010 season, the Rapids carried a 2-1-1 record into their visit to the New England Revolution, and as with any road trip across the country, a draw might have been a good enough result for Colorado. It looked like things might be heading that way, too – the Rapids had jumped out to a 1-0 lead after 14 minutes, but only held that advantage for five minutes before the Revs tied it up.
However, as the match entered its final stages, the game turned on a great play by the three players who may have best defined that most memorable 2010 season. Omar Cummings played a cross from the left wing into Conor Casey, who managed to keep the ball despite pressure from as many as five Revolution defenders. While he occupied their attention, the captain began sprinting up from midfield.
What followed was pure bliss for the Rapids.Casey spotted Mastroeni running at him, and he played a soft pass along the artificial turf. Mastroeni, never slowing down, blasted the ball first-time past goalkeeper Preston Burpo and just inside the post. Jay Heaps, then the color commentator on the Revolution’s telecasts, described the shot as “Burpo’s nightmare.”
But for Mastroeni, it was the type of goal that kids dream about while they kick around in the park. The Rapids went on to win 2-1, and started the run of form which continued all the way through MLS Cup.