Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni values the chance to send his players to off-season training sessions at international clubs.

“We have contacts all over the world,” Mastroeni explained. “The soccer community is relatively small, so we’re one person away from any club in the world.”

Guest training agreements provide “benefits for everyone involved,” said Mastroeni. “It’s an opportunity for players to get experience. It could potentially be like a trial. It gives clubs a chance to look at young players and see what kind of talent we’re producing here. And for us it’s a great experience to provide for a young guy.”

Noting how pairs of players can have a good time sharing the cultural experience, Mastroeni said, “That sometimes makes it more comfortable. They can have someone to pal around with and see the city when they’re not training.”

If a player has a great experience abroad and improves, it helps the Rapids as an organization. But the player himself benefits the most.

“It’s more for the individual than it is for our sake,” Mastroeni said. “We’ll see what opportunities arise.”

For now, Mastroeni and his technical staff are concentrating on the final game in Vancouver this weekend and personnel planning before training concludes on November 5.

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