Vieira praises Rapids and head coach Pablo Mastroeni

After going off on Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch after Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Red Bulls, Patrick Vieira spoke a completely different tune about the Rapids and their head coach Pablo Mastoreni during the week.

“I really like their manager,” he said after Wednesday’s training session. “I like his character, he’s really lively and he looks like a proper winner. I strongly believe his team reflects the manager.”

Colorado has stunned everyone in the MLS circle, currently holding on to second place in the Western Conference and in the Supporters’ Shield standings. They boast the best defensive unit in the league, allowing a league-low 14 goals.

“It’s a really strong team to beat when you look at the record of the number of goals conceded, they look really solid, a team that is well organized and the four players up front have quality on the ball.”

The Rapids enter Saturday’s match in the Bronx on a 15-match unbeaten streak.

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