By Patrick Shea

After the last practice in Commerce City before heading to Las Vegas for games against UNLV and the San Jose Earthquakes, Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni explained the coaching staff’s methodology for training sessions.

“Every morning we work on tactical pieces. There’s a whiteboard component and there’s a video component – usually a team from somewhere in the world that applies the tactics we’re trying to implement. Some players learn more from the whiteboard, some learn from the video, and some people learn from the practical workout on the field. I have to reach 30 different players from different countries, and they all have different learning styles. We explain the tactic, show the tactic, and apply the tactic. It helps too having more experienced players who lead the younger guys.

Slowly but surely, you’re starting to see glimpses of the team we want to be. The guys have been absorbing the information. I’m excited about the group, the commitment, the mentality. I’m excited about the guys who came back from last year as stronger people. I’m excited to see how it translates in the game against San Jose.”