Rapids "part ways" with head coach

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 16, 2017

The Colorado Rapids have endured a rough season, and head coach Pablo Mastroeni has suffered the consequences as a result.

The Rapids announced on Tuesday that they have parted ways with Mastroeni, and that assistant coach Steve Cooke will take over on an interim basis.

Colorado made the Western Conference Championship last season, but has struggled to a 6-12-4 record this season. The lone exception was a year ago, when the Rapids ended up in second place with a 15-6-13 record and made it to the Western Conference Championship. "He has been dedicated to the growth of this club for over 15 years and played an instrumental role in many of our successes".

Pablo Mastroeni is out as Rapids coach after three and a half years.

"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", Smith went on to say. Mastroeni guided the 2014 team through the preseason and was named head coach a week before the season despite having never coached before. However, this season has seen the Rapids revert to the team of old, and fans have been vocally dissatisfied with Mastroeni's leadership. He made 65 appearances for the US national team and is on the ballot this year in voting for the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Cooke, a graduate of Carnegie College in England, has a 20-year history of coaching.

Prior to arriving in Colorado in 2010, Cooke served as a development academy coach at Sheffield Wednesday, then of the English Premier League, from 1990-96. He has been a first team assistant since then.

On Thursday the club will host a live online question and answer session for fans and media with Smith via YouTube, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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