Pablo Mastroeni will play for Rapids in 2013

Jim Rogash

The Rapids captain missed most of the 2012 season with an injury.

Pablo Mastroeni has spent his entire professional career in MLS. After his first team, the Miami Fusion, went belly up, he signed on with the Colorado Rapids where he's been ever since. He has been the team's captain since late in the 2004 season and after sitting out most of 2012 with an injury, Mastroeni has signed on for his 12th season with the Rapids. Terms of the deal aren't known.

The veteran midfielder has played 218 games with the Rapids over his tenure with the team, good enough for the all-time club record. He's also played for the United States national team, appearing in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup and earning 65 caps.

The Rapids will be happy to have Mastroeni back after a disappointing 2012 campaign. They finished in seventh place in the Western Conference with 37 points, six points behind the Vancouver Whitecaps who picked up the final playoff spot in the conference. The Rapids will have the sixth overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft next month.

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