So this came out from our friend Daniel Boniface at The Denver Post yesterday:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mastroeni to return next year, Rapids to add offensive-minded assistant <a href="http://t.co/adhKVesE56">http://t.co/adhKVesE56</a> by <a href="https://twitter.com/danielboniface">@danielboniface</a> <a href="http://t.co/Lu2IJhQZi1">pic.twitter.com/Lu2IJhQZi1</a></p>— Denver Post Rapids (@rapidsnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/rapidsnews/status/644556759932272641">September 17, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Yep, Pablo Mastroeni is coming back in 2016.
And honestly, I am not all that surprised. There have been indications that Pablo would be the coach of 2016 save for some cataclysmic event in Commerce City.
Let that sink in for a moment: Pablo Mastroeni will be the coach in 2016.
So what does this mean for the Colorado Rapids? Can we actually expect any changes in 2016? Is there reason for optimism in Commerce City with this move?
I am someone that looks at the facts and right now that answer is no. The Rapids feel like a floundering ship right now trying to find its footing. They have jettisoned key veterans (Marvell Wynne, Chris Klute, Nathan Sturgis) since PM has taken over that all played key roles in the success of 2013. They have sold promising young players (Deshorn Brown and Shane O'Neill) that also were important to the 2013 season, the highest points the Rapids have ever achieved in a season.
Pablo has mismanaged minutes (and possibly stunted careers) for Dillon Powers, Gabriel Torres, and Dillon Serna.
And then there was the Goalkeeping fiasco involving Clint Irwin, John Berner and Joe Nasco in 2014.
So basically, since Pablo has taken over, the team has been stripped to its core and there are just seven players left from the 2013 season. A team that won 14 games.
With all of this is there hope? Is there optimism?
I like to consider myself an optimist in all things. I believe that there is hope that PM will turn it around and the Rapids will figure this out. But let's talk reality:
There is zero evidence that the Rapids are on the right path.
And in the ultra competitive Western Conference the Rapids are significantly farther away from a playoff berth today then they were at the start of this season. (Let alone from the start of the 2014 season)
I will always hold out hope for this club and the players that wear the jersey. I just have lost hope in the coach and the front office.
So Rapids fans, tell me I am wrong. Let me know that my thoughts are bunk and bring me back from the ledge. Help this Rapids fan get over his malaise and believe in this team again.