EDIT: Chris Bianchi has said that it is not a full transfer to Houston for Cascio, but just a loan. That makes far more sense if the return is only a single-year of an international slot.
Source tells me that it’s not a trade between #Rapids-#Dynamo, Cascio heading to HOU on a loan. Also told Rapids get intl. spot in return.— Chris Bianchi (@Rapids_News) January 20, 2014
ORIGINAL POST: Tony Cascio was one of the big group of guys behind the Gabriel Torres - Vicente Sanchez - Deshorn Brown group up top that were question marks going into 2014. He'll reportedly join Jaime Castrillon as a departure from that logjam of forwards, according to CSN Houston's Sebastian Salazar. He tweeted earlier today that Cascio would be heading to the Houston Dynamo for
Sources: #Dynamo set to acquire midfielder Tony Cascio from Colorado Rapids. Complex deal, but hearing #Rapids will get int'l spot. #MLS— Sebastian Salazar (@SebiSalazarCSN) January 20, 2014
The first player addition of the Oscar Pareja era back in the 2012 SuperDraft, Cascio showed quite a bit of promise in his first season with the team but had an awful sophomore slump in his second. Cascio really only did two notable things during his sophomore season with the Rapids: He had a famous game-winner against Montreal in one of the most fun regular-season games in Rapids history, and he failed to change his password as his twitter account got hacked.
The less impressive notes were many. He failed to find the net during an early run of starts when the Rapids were desperate for goalscoring, missed a sitter against the Chicago Fire during a rather blah run in the middle of the season and ended will turn out to be his final appearance as a Rapid by earning a red card against Chivas USA. Oscar had said following the season that he was anticipating Cascio getting more minutes next year and rebounding, but with Pareja out of the picture and several other youngsters still jamming that spot up, the team has obviously decided to head in a different direction.
It will be interesting to see how he does with the Dynamo, a team that has a need for some attacking midfielder and forward presence. If he can bump his production up to rookie year levels, he could be an intriguing addition to a Dynamo attack that already features solid players like Brad Davis, Will Bruin and Boniek Garcia.
The tweet up there makes it sound like we'll be seeing something more than just an international spot heading to Colorado, but at this point that's the return we know of. We'll see if any other players or money will be stuck into the deal later on. Despite the amount that Rapids fans loved to pile on him last season, he is still a young player with tons of potential and