It's official: Pablo Mastroeni is staying in Colorado.
The Rapids announced on Thursday that Mastroeni has signed a new contract through the 2019 season.
Mastroeni, who became Rapids head coach in 2014 after a long playing career in MLS, including a 2010 MLS Cup with Colorado, is coming off his best season as manager, helping lead the club to a Supporters' Shield runner-up finish, a run to the Western Conference Championship of the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, and a CONCACAF Champions League berth for the upcoming 2017-18 tournament.
“We are excited to announce the re-signing of Pablo as head coach of our club for years to come,” said Colorado Rapids president Tim Hinchey in a team statement. “Over the course of his managerial career, Pablo has proven that he is one of the top young head coaches in this league. We are delighted with his ongoing development and the level of commitment that he has shown towards this organization. We’re looking forward to the continued success of the club under his leadership.”
In fact, 2016 was the most successful regular season in club history. The Rapids’ record-breaking season included most points (58), most points at home (39), most wins at home (11), longest single-season unbeaten streak (15), fewest losses (6), fewest goals allowed (32), fewest goals allowed at home (7), most shutouts (13), and highest regular season finish (2nd). They were also only the fifth team in MLS history to finish a regular season undefeated at home (11-0-6).
“I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of this organization, both as a player and now as the head coach,” said Mastroeni. “I appreciate the trust and confidence demonstrated by the Kroenkes – and I’m eager to get back to work to prepare for yet another successful campaign. With the help of my coaching staff, we have been able to transform the culture of this organization and I’m very excited about the direction in which this club is headed.”