So far this morning there is at least one report that the Rapids have signed Pablo Mastroeni to a new contract, see below.
As well as Jermaine Jones giving thanks to his teammates and coaching staff.
- Pablo & Rapids agree to a new 3 year deal – (ESPNFC)…
- Jermaine Jones thanks staff and teammates – ColoradoRapids.com
Initial thoughts on Pablo. The GOOD – Pablo deserved the new 3 year contract as much as I hate to say it. Huge credit to the Rapids front office for getting something done sooner than last minute as they have been known to do in the past. Look back to 2014 when they named Pablo the teams new manager a week before the start of the season without any coaching experience. Familiarity, the RFO having exercised options on a majority of the teams key players for the 2017 season a couple of days ago and the success of the 2016 season means that those players already know what Pablo is looking for from this team going in and the success that they’ve had. Add in a player or two here and there via draft, trades, etc and there shouldn’t be much difference in this years team and the upcoming team for 2017.
The BAD – With Pablo returning for another 3 seasons, one would assume that his coaching staff will remain as is. And maybe, just maybe they should. The bad in this is there needs to be more done on the offensive side of the pitch. Better creativity, better passing, improved footwork and attacking. This team needs more from assistant coach John Spencer, who was brought in last season to help improve the offensive side of the ball.
The UGLY – We’ll have to wait and see.
The Final 3rd – If the reports are true then congrats to Pablo and the RFO for getting this done and out of the way before the upcoming list of drafts happen(waiver, re-entry and Super Draft) and again not waiting until the last minute. There has yet to be any official announcement from the Rapids via twitter or their website, despite the report having been confirmed by a few sources. An announcement may come later today.