ESPN FC just announced that their sources have said that Pablo Mastroeni has signed a deal to remain head coach of the Colorado Rapids for three more years. The official announcement could come as early as Wednesday. Mastroeni’s current contract expires at the end of 2016, and Rapids Rabbi reported that Rapids President Tim Hinchey wanted Pablo to come back in November, but it’s been pretty quiet since then.
In November, Hinchey said that “it is our intention to have Pablo and his group back, but we’re going to sit down at the end of the season. Hopefully, which is after three more wins, and go from there. He’s done an amazing job, and he deserves all the accolades.”
It seems that most of the team is on board with Pablo coming back, too. Just a week ago, center back Jared Watts told the Denver Post: “I don’t know exactly what the contract situation is, but I would obviously, and I’m sure a ton of the guys, would love to have him back. And I think that’s going to happen, I think it’s just a matter of time and he should be rewarded because I don’t think he gets enough credit. He did such a great job. He’s a great coach to play for, he’s easy to play for and he makes you get better and he makes you want to play for him.”
Mastroeni is 26-35-25 since taking over as head coach in 2014. While fans called for his dismissal after the first two (terrible years), more and more seem to be on Team #KeepPablo after a record-setting year. I think next year will be the big test - can the Rapids keep up what they started this year? I don’t see why not.
UPDATE: It was announced on 12/15/16 that Pablo has signed a three-year contract.