Casey Out for the Season with Torn Achilles Tendon

In the 38th minute of Colorado’s game at Seattle this past Sunday, Rapids forward Conor Casey laid off a pass near the right sideline and went down awkwardly, under no contact with another player.

It didn’t look good, and the news after yesterday’s MRI is not good, either: Casey ruptured his left Achilles tendon and will be sidelined for eight months. He’s scheduled for surgery tomorrow.

Casey had just been hitting his stride after missing time earlier in the season with a minor injury. He was the team’s leading scorer this year with six goals, and he is also the Rapids all-time leading scorer, with an impressive strike rate of 48 goals in 100 appearances.

One of the knocks on Casey at the international level was a perceived lack of mobility, but, having watched him in MLS during the past few years, we’d have to say the charge is overblown. He covers a lot of ground for a target forward, and does it fairly quickly.  He’s also got good feet for a player his size, and, as his numbers attest, he does the business in front of goal. Finally, he’s only 29. If he’d kept his form up, a USMNT call-up might have been in the cards, especially considering the thin ranks of the U.S. team at forward.

In any event, it’s a big blow for Colorado and for Casey.

An odd side note to the unfortunate story: Seattle had a player (Steve Zakuani) seriously injured at Colorado in the teams’ first meeting, now Colorado gets a player knocked out for the year, at Seattle.

In other MLS news…

Red Bulls Send Da Luz to D.C.

D.C. United is fast becoming Red Bull South, as New York followed up its earlier swap of Dwayne De Rosario for Dax McCarty by sending second-year midfielder Austin da Luz to the Black-and-Red in exchange for an international roster spot.

It was unclear whether that spot was to be used on recently acquired German goalkeeper Frank Rost, or if the Red Bulls were in the market for another player. (New York also loaned goalkeeper Greg Sutton to the second-tier Montreal Impact this week.)

Da Luz showed promise in a handful of appearances with New York this season, after struggling with injuries in his rookie year. On June 20 against Portland, he scored one of the better goals of the year for the Red Bulls (after starting the play, too). Take a look: