By Michael Spencer

DENVER (CBS4)– The Colorado Rapids announced Tuesday afternoon that they have parted ways with head coach Pablo Mastroeni and have appointed Steve Cooke as the interim head coach.

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Mastroeni was appointed head coach of the Rapids prior to the 2014 season and posted a 39-54-35 record with the club.

Colorado made the Western Conference Championship last season, but has struggled to a 6-12-4 record this season.

Colorado Rapids Coach Pablo Mastroeni talks about coaching the MLS All Stars. (credit: CBS)

The Rapids are currently 10th in the Western Conference standings.

“We would like to thank Pablo for his contributions to this organization, both as a player and as a head coach,” said Rapids Sporting Director and Interim General Manager Padraig Smith through the team’s official release.

“Unfortunately, we have fallen short of our expectations, and this decision was taken in the best interest of the players and the organization as a whole,” Smith went on to say.

The Rapids will host D.C. United on Saturday.

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Michael Spencer is a Sports Anchor at CBS4. Read his bio or connect with him on Twitter @MichaelCBS4.