Photo credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Pablo Mastoreni didn’t set out to be a manager. It was the winter of 2013. FC Dallas was looking for a coach, and the then-Colorado Rapids manager Oscar Pareja — who had spent fourteen years in Dallas before moving to Colorado — wanted the job. The interest was mutual. Pareja was a rising star in the MLS coaching ranks, known already for his player development skills and ability to mold young teams. Dallas was a young team, and Pareja wanted to come home. It was a perfect fit. But with Pareja still under ... Read more
The 2006 World Cup was a page turner for the United States. Not only because the result didn’t fulfill the pre-tournament expectations of many, but because of a coaching change and the departure of arguably four of the United States five most skilled players. (Eddie Pope, Claudio Reyna and Brian McBride retired from international play; John O’Brien has not played a competitive match since the World Cup; Landon Donovan is the only remaining American of what I would consider the top 5 skilled players entering World Cup 2006.) 2007 was seen a rebuilding year for the United States and the ... Read more
Pablo Mastroeni has been replaced by Kerry Zavagnin for the US friendly with Brazil, Sunday. Mastroeni has been ill since Colorado’s 1-1 draw with Columbus Sunday. Zavagnin, 33 was used often by Bruce Arena as a holding midfielder during qualifying for World Cup 2006, but was cut from the team before Germany 2006.
Italian Serie B side Brescia has made initial inquries with MLS into the availibility of US National Team Defensive Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni. MLS seems to be in a selling spree of league developed talent in the last few weeks and has been rumored to be asking a $10 million fee for Freddy Adu and anywhere between $1 and $2.5 million for any number of other players. Perhaps this is being done to finance the signing og a big name international star? We can only hope.