What’s next for Pablo?

Long-term: If Pablo wants to coach, micromanagement to the max won’t work. During games and training sessions, Pablo barks decisions for multiple players simultaneously, and like a soccer savant, he’s right most of the time. Teams need to work hard to get through a Pablo-choreographed midfield fortress.

Pablo would need to develop different techniques to effectively lead a team from the sidelines. He understands the game thoroughly, but for now he simply wants to play. Let the swan sing.

If he wants a microphone, Pablo can start immediately (even while he’s active on the field). I’ll never forget walking into the Westminster locker room on Pablo’s first day in town. He had head coach Tim Hankinson’s full attention, carefully but forcefully explaining how the game of soccer works. He articulates clearly, and he knows what he’s talking about.

Short-term: Pablo can still contribute on the field for the gaLAxy. He’ll probably get more time than people expect, and he’ll probably contribute to a successful playoff run for the gaLAxy. I had a master plan on paper that included two or three options for Pablo’s contribution toward a second MLS Cup for the Rapids. That crumpled plan is in the recycling bin now, and Arena just got another bit of our arsenal for his.

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