White House visit to Obama good tonic for Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni says the teams visit to the White House on Monday was a great tonic for their disappointing loss on the weekend.

Colorado Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni says the teams visit to the White House on Monday was a great tonic for their disappointing loss on the weekend.

The Denver club were presented to President Obama for their 2010 MLS Cup win and Mastroeni insists it was a nice foil to their 4-1 defeat against Columbus Crew.

“It does, totally,” said Mastroeni. “That’s one game, and we have a game coming up in five days. The moment we got on the plane this morning, it was all out of our memory.

“The game that happened last night, I’ll never remember — I couldn’t tell you what day it happened, what the score was. But an event like this will last a lifetime, and I can share it with my kids and my kids’ kids. It’s a moment that I’ll forever cherish.

“You don’t know what to expect,” he added. “It’s such a formal place and you see it all on TV, so being there you’re a bit uncomfortable. You actually don’t know how to act.

“[But] at the end of the day the president comes in and acts like himself and allows us to all be calm. Once he starts speaking and engages everybody, it feels like you’re in his living room and you’re just hanging out with him alone. So he does a really great job of making you feel comfortable being in this place.”

 
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