Pablo Mastroeni coaching the Colorado Rapids (MLS) 2017
|Full name||Pablo Mastroeni|
|Date of birth||August 29, 1976|
|Place of birth||Mendoza, Argentina|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|1994–1997||North Carolina State Wolfpack|
|1998||→ MLS Pro-40 (loan)||1||(0)|
|2019–||Houston Dynamo (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 10, 2013|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 6, 2011
Early life and education
Mastroeni moved to the United States from Argentina with his family at the age of four, settling in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Thunderbird High School, and played youth soccer for the Santos Futbol Clube. Mastroeni attended North Carolina State University where he played on the men's soccer team from 1994 to 1997. From 1995 to 1997, he spent the collegiate off season playing for the Tucson Amigos of the USISL.
In February 1998, the Miami Fusion selected Mastroeni in the second round (thirteenth overall) of the 1998 MLS College Draft. He played four seasons with the Fusion, becoming a regular starter in his second year with the team in either central defense or defensive midfield, and was named to the MLS Best XI in 2001.
The Fusion was contracted after the 2001 season and Mastroeni was the first overall choice of the 2002 MLS Allocation Draft, going to the Colorado Rapids, whom he captained to their first title in 2010. Mastroeni scored his first MLS playoff goal against the Columbus Crew on October 28, 2010.
Mastroeni was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy in June 2013 and retired at the end of the season.
Mastroeni earned his first U.S. cap against Ecuador on June 7, 2001. When Chris Armas went out with an injury just weeks prior to the 2002 World Cup, Mastroeni found himself a starter in the opening game as the U.S. defeated Portugal 3–2.
On May 2, 2006, Mastroeni was named to the U.S. World Cup squad for the second time in his career. In a FIFA World Cup 2006 match against Italy on June 17, Mastroeni was given a red card for an aggressive tackle in the first half. Mastroeni was fined CHF 7,500 and received a three-game suspension, thus missing the last U.S. match of the World Cup and the first two matches of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
On February 7, 2007, during a friendly between the United States and Mexico, Mastroeni was the team captain.
Mastroeni was called up for the United States' first World Cup qualifying match of 2010 and two third-round matches, and started three of the first five final round matches for the United States. However, he was not named to the Confederations Cup roster nor any of the squads for the final five qualifiers for the United States.
Mastroeni was named the interim head coach of the Colorado Rapids after Oscar Pareja left for FC Dallas in January 2014. He was named head coach of the Rapids on March 8, 2014, one week before the 2014 season began.
In 2014, Mastroeni and the Rapids experienced the worst Rapid's season in the 34 game MLS era. Allowing the most goals in the MLS, 62, the Rapids finished second to last in the Western Conference with 32 points.
2015 was another unsuccessful campaign for Mastroeni. The Rapids ended the season last in the Western Conference and second to last in the overall standings, receiving the second overall pick in the upcoming MLS Superdraft.
During the offseason before the 2016 season, Mastroeni visited London, spending several days watching Arsenal and Tottenham train. While there, he analyzed the coaching styles of Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal's Arsène Wenger, before he traveled to Orlando to attend a supplementary coaching course. Mastroeni helped the Rapids establish a team identity in 2016, a defensive based team which operated out of the 4-2-3-1 formation. This identity helped the Rapids to their best regular season record of all time, with a franchise low 6 losses and a franchise high of 58 points. The team allowed an MLS low 32 goals in 2016. Mastroeni finished second in voting for the annual MLS Coach of the Year award.
In the offseason, Mastroeni signed a three-year contract extension, through 2019. On August 15, Mastroeni was fired as Head Coach and replaced by Steve Cooke.
- As of August 12, 2017
|Colorado Rapids||January 10, 2014||August 15, 2017||145||46||58||41||160||193||−33||31.72|
- MLS Best XI: 2001
- "N.C. foes become Arizona amigos – Tucson Citizen Morgue, Part 2 (1993–2009)".
- Seattle, Chicago battle for U.S. soccer's other prize Archived 2012-02-10 at the Wayback Machine
- "Mastroeni injures left quadriceps, will miss 6–8 weeks; game with Guatemala set". SoccerTimes.com. 2006-01-10.
- Petty, Daniel (March 8, 2014). "Pablo Mastroeni named head coach of Colorado Rapids one week before season start". Denver Post. Retrieved March 8, 2014.