Pablo Mastroeni, Captain Marvel for the Colorado Rapids, was initially called up for the US team to play Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow but will now be staying in the Rockies. Pablo injured his knee in the LA game on Sunday and won't make the trip to the Caribbean island having been called into the squad after the 6-1 trouncing of Cuba. You can bet he will be fit for the vital game against Chivas.
It's good to see country and club apparently working well together. Mastroeni was not called up for the Cuba game because it would have meant him probably missing the Galaxy game or at least only playing a bit part as Donovan did. He was then called into the midweek game which would actually have had little impact on him making the trip back to LA to play Chivas this weekend, injuries notwithstanding. The fact he is not now going to Trinidad allows him more time to recover, however, and this can only be good for the Rapids.
Mastroeni appears relaxed about prospects with the national team. He told me at training last week that national team coach, Bob Bradley, realizes that Pablo is of more value to Colorado in the tightening playoff scenario than he is for a US team that is already in the next stage of World Cup qualifiers. "It's not like he is going to call me every game I am not picked," he said. His focus is on getting Colorado to the playoffs and then he will deal with his own dreams after the season. If he is still fit in two years time, wherever he is playing at club level, he will almost definitely have a role to play with the national team in South Africa but, as we all know, so much can happen in that time. Bradley is obviously still thinking about Pablo as a major part of his squad and appears to be giving the midfielder adequate flexibility which can only be a good thing.