Burgundy Wave received a tip from an unnamed source that former Rapids striker Conor Casey will be soon be named as a Rapids assistant coach. Casey looks to be filling a vacancy that will be left by current Rapids assistant coach John Spencer.
MLS beat writer Sam Stejskal intimated that Casey was due to receive a coaching position over twitter this afternoon, reacting to a Jeff Carlisle tweet from earlier about Spencer, who looks to be taking a position with the San Jose Earthquakes.
As reported by @JeffreyCarlisle, John Spencer has left Rapids. Conor Casey is here with the club, looks like he'll fill assistant vacancy.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) January 10, 2017
Hearing that John Spencer has left #Rapids96. Heard further rumblings that he might be San Jose bound.— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 10, 2017
Casey retired from soccer at the conclusion of the 2016 season, and told the hosts of the ‘Voice of C38’ podcast that he was planning to return to Denver for his retirement. Preceding one of the Rapids playoff games, he was introduced to the crowd and congratulated on a stellar career, and received the warm ovation befitting of the conquering hero he always was when he put on the burgundy for the Rapids.
Per his bio from the MLS website, Casey finished his MLS career with 71 goals in 195 career regular season appearances, tied for 23rd all-time on the league’s scoring chart. In addition to his 71 goals, Casey won an MLS Cup championship in 2010 with the Colorado Rapids. He also recorded two MLS All-Star selections and notched 24 assists in 12,697 career regular season minutes. He had two goals in 19 appearances with the US men’s national team.
Spencer was added to the Rapids as a coach this past year. He was named to the Rapids staff after having been spotted in Baltimore at the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Some speculated that Spencer was the so-called ‘offensive coordinator’ that Denver Post writer Woody Paige mentioned the Rapids had considered hiring to aid Pablo Mastroeni in improving the anemic offense the Rapids were able to generate in their dismal 2015 campaign. This year, the Rapids finished 19th out of 20 teams in goals scored.
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