So this is a trade that came out of nowhere. It was worked out on Friday but announced on Monday.
The Colorado Rapids have acquired a 2014 second round MLS SuperDraft pick and an international roster spot through the 2014 season from the LA Galaxy in a trade on Friday, with veteran midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and the MLS rights to midfielder Baggio Husidic joining the Galaxy in exchange.
Mastroeni, holds Rapids franchise records in both games (225) and minutes played (18,669), and was named Rapids MVP in 2007, 2008 and 2010, when he captained the side to the MLS Cup.
So why trade the one guy that has been a consistent fixture in your locker room? It appears that Colorado needed to make a change and continue to get younger in the process. Mastroeni has been dealing with injuries for about three years now to be honest, if not longer. He hasn’t played all that well this season and if anything the move reunites him with Bruce Arena.
In all fairness, this deal is pretty level for both sides. LA gets a veteran to add to the mix that will likely help out down the road when the CCL stuff kicks back up later this summer. And if they can get Baggio Husidic down the road then good on them I suppose.