In a statement released to media at 1:27 pm today, the Colorado Rapids announced the firing of manager Pablo Mastroeni.
Interim General Manager Pádraig Smith said: “We would like to thank Pablo for his contributions to this organization, both as a player and as head coach. He has been dedicated to the growth of this club for over 15 years and played an instrumental role in many of our successes. Unfortunately, we have fallen short of our expectations, and this decision was taken in the best interest of the players and the organization as a whole.”
Mastroeni compiled a 39-35-54 (WTL) record over the past three and a half years of being in charge. Two poor seasons in 2014 and 2015 were followed by a sudden resurgence in 2016 in which the Rapids made it only one game shy of MLS Cup. But the team regressed in 2017 with a 6-4-12 record. The team has won only one match in their last eight games.
The change also comes on the heels of earlier statements from the Rapids Front Office in desiring a greater emphasis on offense. In late March in regards to the trade of Marc Burch and Sam Cronin, Smith was quoted by the Denver Post as saying “We want to be a more offensive-minded team.” Mastroeni, a defensive-midfielder in his playing days, had always been a defensive-first coach.
The Rapids have put former Mastroeni assistant Steve Cooke in charge as interim head coach. Conor Casey and Chris Sharpe remain on staff as assistant coaches.
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