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Rounding up MLS news: Marco Pappa may return to MLS, plus several assistant coaching hires

Jan 11, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

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Remember when Marco Pappa was such a menace up the left flank around Toyota Park? Washington Post ace Steven Goff reports that he may be back en route to MLS, things having clearly not gone well with Dutch side Heerenveen. Goff reports that clubs are lining up to wheel and deal with D.C. United for top allocation spot that would probably be needed to secure the Guatemalan winger.

Two recent retirees will join the staff at Colorado (which is a little odd, seeing as the Rapids do not currently have a head coach.) Rapids midfielder Jamie Smith, who had to retire bit early at age 33, will join the Colorado Rapids Academy and work primarily with the club’s under-18 Team.

Speaking of that opening at Colorado: Anyone else feeling Robin Fraser on this one? The current Red Bulls assistant is highly respected, of course, and the fact that things didn’t work with Chivas USA means absolutely nothing. You could roll Guss Hiddink in there, with Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson as assistants and it still might not work.

(MORE: The list of MLS coaching changes)

Pablo Mastroeni, who played the bulk of his career with the Rapids but did spend the last part of 2013 with Los Angeles is back at DSG Park. He will serve as a special assistant to technical director Paul Bravo.

Mastroeni was a tough, tough tackler, but such a class act in all his dealings off the field. He’s a great guy for the Rapids to have around.

The New England Revolution has added former D.C. United and Vancouver head coach Tom Soehn to its staff, as an assistant to Jay Heaps. That concludes a newsy week around Gillette Stadium, where the Revs just made Charlie Davies a bigger part of the overall plan.

While some clubs are still trying to get the rosters just so ahead of Thursday’s draft, or get the coaching staff situation sorted out, Houston Dynamo officials say they are focused on getting a jersey sponsorship. Those mean money, you know … which can eventually help get the roster just so.

  1. slxc - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    I hope to be in a team like the Sounders or portland

  2. mdac1012 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Steve, if he comes in as a DP doesn’t he skip the allocation process?

  3. hildezero - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM


    I don’t think Pappa would be a D.P., dawg.

    • mdac1012 - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Yeah, maybe not but I have seen players a lot worse than Papa come into the league as DPs and flop. At least the guy has proven he can play in the league.

  4. hildezero - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM


    Yeah, that’s true. But he failed in Holland…

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