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Conor Casey named First Team Assistant Coach for the Colorado Rapids

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The former striker is back and ready to make an impact.

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After being gone for seven years, Conor Casey is back. Not only was he part of the team that lifted the MLS Cup in 2010, he scored the game-tying goal to send the match into overtime. Casey earned MVP honors for his efforts in that game.

He went on to play for the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew, and just retired on October 26, 2016 after battling a series of injuries.

Casey is the Rapids’ all-time leading scorer, with 50 goals from 2007-2012, and is tied for 23rd all-time in MLS regular season goals with 71 over the course of his 10-year career. He also brings international experience— Casey started his career with Borussia Dortmund and was called up to the USMNT 19 times, including the 2000 U.S. Olympic team.

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“We’re confident that Conor’s domestic and international playing experience will help the team as we continue to prepare for the upcoming season,” said Rapids President Tim Hinchey in the official announcement from the team.

Casey is “extremely excited” to be back in Colorado, and Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni is “convinced he will have an immediate and positive impact with the club.”

Same.

Welcome home, Conor Casey!