The Rapids announced today that forward Conor Casey has signed a new three-year contract, keeping the Denver-raised MLS All-Star and U.S. National team forward in Colorado amid re-newed interest from international clubs.
Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush made the announcement at a press conference held on the soccer practice field at Casey’s alma mater, Denver South High School. Among those present were Conor's parents, his former coach at South HS, and the current boys and girls soccer teams.
As a senior at South HS, Conor was named Colorado Player of the Year, first-team Colorado All-State, and All-American. He went on to star at the University of Portland for two years before beginning his professional career in Germany.
Since joining the Rapids in 2007, Casey has scored 29 goals in 60 games, which places him fourth in team history (Paul Bravo is first with 39 goals). In 2009, Conor set a new Rapids single-season scoring record with 16 goals. He was named to the mid-season MLS All-Star team and the MLS Best XI squad at year's end.
He also scored two goals for the U.S. Men's National in the World Cup qualifying 3-2 over Honduras last October, which clinched the U.S. a berth into the 2010 FIFA World Cup.