KUSA - Longtime Rapids captain and leader Pablo Mastroeni announced his retirement Wednesday morning after 16 seasons in the MLS.
Mastroeni was traded to Los Angeles during the 2013 season. With the Rapids from 2002-13, he was named to the MLS all-star team in his first seven seasons (2002-08).
"After 16 amazing years in MLS, I have decided that now is the time to step away from the game as a player," Mastroeni said. "Thanks to the Colorado Rapids and their wonderful fans for providing me the best years of my career, and the faith they showed in me to help bring an MLS Cup to Colorado."
He holds club records for most games played (225), games started (217) and minutes played (18,669), and served as the Rapids captain from late 2004 until his trade to the Galaxy.
Mastroeni was picked 13th overall in the 1998 draft by Miami. He played in 65 games for the U.S. national team, and played in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup.
Mastroeni will be honored by the Rapids at one of the club's 2014 home matches. The Rapids begin the 2014 season March 9 at San Jose, with the first match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against the Portland Timbers on March 22. For more information on the team, visit www.ColoradoRapids.com.
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