Tag Archives: Mastroeni


Mastroeni wants players to understand fatigue

Colorado had one of those MLS-induced weeks of exhaustion with three matches scheduled in just eight days. Luckily for the boys in burgundy, two of those were in the comfort zone of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. But it still takes a toll on players’ minds and bodies. “There was serious fatigue — 100% fatigue,” admitted head coach Pablo […]

Rapids: “Keep fighting”

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni was quick to thank the C38 supporters group at the start of his post-game press conference following Colorado’s 1–0 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. The TIFO he witnessed before the game simply stated, “Keep Fighting,” which is the relentless sentiment shared by his players. Zac […]

John Babiak (@Photog_JohnB) snaps details: Rapids 3, Sounders 1

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — The Colorado Rapids beat the Seattle Sounders 3–1 last Saturday night, and photographer John Babiak caught the action on camera. Look at the photographs while hearing from Pablo Mastroeni, Jermaine Jones, and Sigi Schmid. Jermaine Jones scores the opening goal. Luis Solignac scores right after halftime (Rapids 2, Sounders 0). […]

Axel Sjöberg interprets Pablo’s “players culture”

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — Axel Sjöberg enters his second year as a central defender with the Colorado Rapids. At the start of 2016, head coach Pablo Mastroeni gathered his staff and said he wanted to create a “players culture” at the club. Hear Sjöberg interpret “players culture” in the video above. After setting clearance records last year and […]

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Colorado — This episode includes footage from PASL Nationals, snow-covered parts of Golden, and a DPS high school girls game. Relive Marco Pappa’s game-winner for the Colorado Rapids last Saturday night (courtesy of John Babiak’s photography and Kevin Doyle’s explanation). Look forward to Colorado’s 3:00 kickoff (MT) at RFK against D.C. United on Sunday.

Strength at altitude: Don’t foul

Foothills Sports Arena — With three inches of snow outside, the Colorado Rapids worked inside the Foothills Sports Arena on Friday to prepare for their east-coast trip against D.C. United on Sunday (3:00 kickoff, MT). The Burgundy Boys loaded up on hemoglobin, more oxygen carry-on baggage to sneak into RFK. Colorado’s players might gain an edge when they drop in […]

Faster than you think

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — According to Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni, the speed of play in MLS games is “100 miles an hour.” Players make split-second decisions while reacting to instant pressure in real time. But from the stands, games seem too slow at times. Goal kicks take forever, and fans want to see the […]

Pappa scores stoppage time game-winner for Rapids

Photos by John Babiak Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — For weeks, Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni  has said this will be Marco Pappa’s best year, and the Guatemalan scored a 95th-minute game-winner to prove his coach’s point with a 1–0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night. Pappa replaced Dominique […]

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Michael Azira brings “team-first” approach to Colorado

Colorado’s midfield will look quite different in 2016, thanks to many new faces from other MLS clubs. In addition to Marco Pappa from the Seattle Sounders, Rave Green’s Michael Azira (red pinny, 22) joined the Rapids during December’s waiver draft. The native of Uganda has experience at the international, USL, and MLS levels, and he is […]