Philadelphia Union announced Friday afternoon that they have selected forward Conor Casey in Stage Two of the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft. Casey previously played six seasons in Colorado and one in Toronto (2007) scoring 50 goals and adding 16 assists. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Casey, 31, rebounded from a torn Achilles tendon suffered during the 2011 season to appear in 18 matches for the Rapids in 2012. He scored two goals and added three assists. Casey was instrumental in leading Colorado to an MLS Cup title in 2010, where he was named MLS Cup MVP. He was also made an MLS All-Star in the same season.
"Conor makes us a better team,” said Team Manager John Hackworth. “He has proven that he can be one of the best forwards in this league and for the National team. Our staff believes that Conor still has many goals left in him."
In addition, Casey has 20 caps (appearances) with the U.S. Men’s National Team; his last appearance was on Jan. 23, 2010 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Honduras. Before being acquired by Toronto in 2007 via allocation order, Casey played for German Bundesliga side, FSV Mainz 05.
Born in Dover, New Hampshire, Casey was raised in Denver, Colorado.
Player: Conor Casey
Height: 6’1” (1.85 m)
Weight: 170 lbs. (77.1kg)
Date of Birth: July 25, 1981
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
Last Club: Colorado Rapids
How Acquired: Selected in the second round of the MLS Re-Entry Draft