Bonus BENITEZ FACE in this one! - Brandon Wade
It was a solid rookie season for Tony Cascio, but as with any rookie, there is much room for improvement.
Through the month of December, Burgundy Wave will do a short review of every player who received even a paltry sum of minutes in 2012. We start with the goalkeepers and then move our way up to the forwards. Today, we'll cover Tony Cascio.
Name: Tony Cascio
Stats: 3 goals, 3 assists
I'm going to start by quoting Matt Doyle, who summed up Cascio's season better than I could ever have in his Rapids review:
Then there’s rookie winger Tony Cascio, who probably led the league in “oh man, that was almost an amazing play!” moments. He would routinely torch one defender then shoot into the side-netting, or leave a pass just short, or put it on a platter only to see his teammate’s shot wind up in row Z.
The remarkable thing, though, is that it all came in the natural flow of the attack. He didn’t force anything, and has all the gifts (and smarts) to bet on a breakout second season. The left wing should be his regardless of what formation Pareja picks.
I don't think anyone expected Cascio, as the 14th overall selection in the draft, to get 1700 minutes of playing time in his first season with the team, including me. And I'm the guy's biggest fan! For a rookie picked mid-round, he certainly didn't play terribly. He had a couple of solid goals, a couple of well-made assists and an energy that a lot of other players seemed to be lacking throughout the season. Even if he frustrated us often with 'nearly there' plays, it was still very fun to watch.
There's still obviously plenty of growth to be had for the guy, who had a similar shooting problem to Martin Rivero -- his 5.7 shot conversion percentage was the fourth lowest on the team. Being played as a forward was a new experience for the natural winger though, so it's easy to see why his shooting wasn't the most accurate in the world. Consistency and accuracy will be the two things he needs to work on the most going into 2013, with Conor Casey gone it's likely he's going to get just as much, if not even more, playing time.
PLAYER RATING: 5.5
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:
This would work a lot better if Pterodactyls were dinosaurs, but I couldn't find anything better.