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The recently retired midfielder has officially landed the job after guiding his former club throughout preseason.

The worst-kept secret in MLS is out of the bag.

The Colorado Rapids on Saturday officially appointed Pablo Mastroeni as coach, less than an hour before the start of the MLS season. The 37-year-old, who spent 12 seasons with the Rapids as a player, guided Colorado throughout preseason after Oscar Pareja left for FC Dallas.

"We are thrilled to name Pablo Mastroeni our head coach, and everyone at the club is excited for his tenure to begin," said Rapids president Tim Hinchey in a news release. "We underwent a deliberate search, and Pablo's experience, approach, and the work he did throughout preseason proved to us that he is the right man for this role."

Mastroeni, a two-time World Cup veteran with the U.S. national team, played for Colorado from 2002 to 2013 before leaving the club last year in a midseason trade to the LA Galaxy. He made nine appearances for the Galaxy before retiring at season's end.

"It is a great honor to take this new position at the Rapids, a club which means a great deal to me and my family," Mastroeni said. "I have seen this team's ability and potential up close over the last two months, and I can't wait for the season to get started."

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