A View From The South Stands: The Future

April 28, 2012; Commerce City, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids midfielder Tony Cascio (32) drives the soccer ball during the second half against Chivas USA at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Colorado Rapids defeated Chivas USA 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Up and comer Tony Cascio showed a lot of promise at the beginning of the season, but then seemed to all but disappear from the rotation, at least in terms of starting. With Omar Cummings and Conor Casey both getting healthy Cascio saw his playing time more and more limited; being relegated to a late game sub. Lately, however, with the struggles that Casey and Cummings have been having Cascio has been getting more and more minutes.

Cascio is the future of this team at the striker position (even though he is listed as a Midfielder; striker seems to be a closer fit to what he is playing) and with this season all but over for our beloved Rapids Cascio should be getting more playing time. Here is a little look at what Cascio brings to the table. While he hasn’t scored many goals; he is not afraid to take shots. He is third on the team with 49 total shots trailing only Martin Rivero (50) and Omar Cummings (51). He is also second on the team in shots on goal trailing Omar Cummings by two shots.

With the Rapids struggles so far this year Cascio has been one bright spot for the team. The Rapids drafted the 22-year-old rookie from Arizona after a stellar career at the University of Connecticut. Cascio got a lot of playing time at the beginning of the year because of injuries to both Omar Cummings and Conor Casey. With the struggles of the Rapids we can look forward to seeing more playing time for Tony Cascio and hopefully continued improvement as we fans look forward to next season and beyond.

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