Pablo Mastroeni is probably the closest thing to a 'Club Legend' in Colorado Rapids lore -- really, only Marcelo Balboa can even make a claim to it other than Pablo -- after spending 10 years with the club and putting in over 200 appearances.
Unfortunately, the concussion symptoms that have been plaguing Pablo all season long have knocked him out for all except two matches and recently saw him get stuck once again on the DL, keeping him out until August at the very least. Chris Bianchi spoke with Oscar Pareja after Colorado's 2-1 loss to Toronto FC and unfortunately had very pessimistic words to report about Mastroeni:
Pareja on Mastroeni: "As much as we love him and need him here, we have to move on if it looks like he might not be a part of the roster."— Chris Bianchi (@chrisdbianchi) July 19, 2012
Definitely not good news, and tough to hear. Mastroeni's been working hard and trying to come back, but sounds iffy at this point.— Chris Bianchi (@chrisdbianchi) July 19, 2012
So is the concussion saga the end for Pablo? It would be a tragic way to go out for the long time captain of the club. If the sun has to set on Pablo's time in Colorado, we're all hoping that he comes back late into the season for, at the very least, a final hurrah.