With Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez not in action for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, the View from Avalon takes a look at Pablo Mastroeni’s return to Commerce City and how he performed.
The verdict: an average, if subpar, performance from a player who seems as if the game has left him. Despite all the experience he can claim, Pablo Mastroeni was, for the most part, ineffective against his old team, though he did show some flashed of his past brilliance.
MLSSoccer.com” href=”http://www.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2013-07-27-COL-v-LA/chalkboard” target=”_blank”>According to the Opta Chalkboard, Mastroeni had an 80 percent pass success rate on 30 touches and had three headers. He didn’t have any shots and didn’t pad the stat sheets on set pieces. And defensively, Mastroeni earned four recoveries and a clearance.
He also had one unsuccessful dribble, lost possession on the challenge nine times, won a tackle, and earned a yellow card, of which he earns a half-point deduction.
For the most part, Mastroeni played the type of game typical for a player of his age and his level. But speed of the younger players for Colorado and the superior technical play of the Rapids midfield was too much for Mastroeni to overcome. Perhaps he knows that his career playing this game is on borrowed time.