Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Rapids' Italian Stallions Controlling Midfield

I like this MLS.net article very much about LaBrocca and DiRaimondo. Can you only play in the center of midfield now for the Colorado Rapids if you have an Italian surname (Mastroeni?) with a capital letter in the middle? It raises some very good points not only about the sterling performances of these two youg guys but also the dilemma as to what to do once Pablo is fully fit as he now appears almost to be. If you check out the Rapids website, the planned formation includes Mastroeni in the starting line-up at the expense of LaBrocca for this week's game against New England. I know some of you will have some thoughts on that.
http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20080407&content_id=148279&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

1 comment:

Joey said...

I would rather see Pablo left on the bench and utilized in the late stages of matches when it's necessary to enhance defensive posture and to preserve a lead. I think Pablo's speed and decision making have been steadily regressing, and I'd rather give LaBrocca the opportunity to continue to develop his partnership with DiRaimondo. It was obvious that the Rapids wanted to trade Pablo in the off-season, maybe that's the intent behind giving him some time on the field now in order to heighten his profile and unload him. I still say give the young Rapids players the time and opportunity to mesh together, their performance has more than merited it.