COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Despite coughing up an 86th minute goal to let Chivas USA tie the match at 2-2, the Colorado Rapids made history Saturday night.
Drew Moor set a new MLS record of the most consecutive 90 minute matches played by a field player at 68, and Pablo Mastroeni became the fourth player to collect 300 starts in MLS.
Moor overtook Peter Vermes, who had set the previous record while playing with Colorado and Kansas City from 1998-2000.
"It's definitely a special accomplishment, something that I take a lot of pride in," Drew Moor said. "I hate missing games. I hate being on the training table, I hate getting suspended. When you are a professional, you never know how long your career is going to be. While you are playing you want to be playing as many minutes as you possibly can.
"I wish it would have come on a winning note, but personally it is a special night for me.”
Pablo Mastroeni was also disappointed with the 2-2 result against Chivas USA, but took time to share his thoughts about his career.
"It is what it is," Mastroeni said. "You work hard, you put yourself in good spots. You keep trying to improve as a player, and you find yourself playing 300 games. Most importantly, you have a lot of luck. I think too many times people don't take in how good opportunities take a role in someone's career."
After Mastroeni made 100 appearances for the Miami Fusion, the team contracted in 2001. He joined the Rapids, where he was made captain in 2004 and has been named the club MVP in three different seasons (2007, 2008, 2010). The Argentine-born midfielder also represented the United States in two World Cups.
The only other players to start 300 games in MLS are current Houston Dynamo assistant Steve Ralston, FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and Seattle Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson.
"I have just been blessed and touched by a lot of positive things," Mastroeni said. "For me, it's more than the milestones, it's the people that I have had the opportunities to share them with: my teammates, my coaches, my family. For me, those are the more important aspects of achieving in this game."