Conor Casey Voted MLS Player of the Month for May

NEW YORK NY (Tuesday June 2 2009) – A day after receiving his second MLS Player of the Week award this season Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey was voted Major League Soccer’s Player of the Month for May.
Casey scored four goals and added one assist in four league games during the month. He led the Rapids to an undefeated record (2-0-2) in May and into the top half of the Western Conference standings while helping extend the Rapids' unbeaten run to five games.
(Click here to read Casey's MLS Player of the Week Award for Week 11 release).
The 27-year-old hometown favorite has battled back from a recent major knee injury to become one of the premier target forwards in the league. Casey leads the Budweiser MLS Golden Boot race with eight goals in ten games and is three goals shy of his career-best 11 goals in 21 appearances which he achieved when leading the Rapids in scoring in 2008.
In the Rapids’ Week 8 match against the New England Revolution Casey put the club up in the 3rd minute taking a Jordan Harvey cross and heading it past the outstretched arms of Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton. The imposing forward has capitalized on early opportunities in the opening minutes of both the first and second half all season long scoring four of his eight goals in the first five minutes of each half.
In Week 9 versus Seattle Casey put his team ahead early in the second half. In the 47th minute he dribbled the ball into the penalty area and blasted a left-footed shot that deflected off of Sounders FC defender Peter Vagenas and past goalkeeper Kasey Keller. The goal Casey’s sixth of the season earned the Rapids a 2-2 draw against the visiting Sounders FC.
Casey struck again in the Rapids’ 3-2 win against the New York Red Bulls scoring two headed goals to complete a month that saw the Rapids finisher score in three consecutive matches and contribute a goal or an assist in every match for his club. Casey’s first goal came in the 25th minute when he headed home Colin Clark’s lofted cross. In the 48th minute Casey crashed the box splitting two defenders to power home Omar Cummings' in-swinging cross into the penalty area for his fourth header goal of the season.
This is Casey’s first career MLS Player of the Month award. He has notched 23 goals in 48 career appearances for the Rapids. His 11 goals in 2008 were the most by any Rapids player since 2005 when Jeff Cunningham scored 12.
He has nine caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team and is building a case for a call into Bob Bradley’s side during a busy summer. The Denver native played two years of collegiate soccer at the University of Portland before heading to Germany where he played with Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund Hannover 96 Karlsruher SC and FSV Mainz 05. Casey was acquired by the Colorado Rapids in a trade with Toronto FC on April 19 2007.
The Major League Soccer Player of the Month is selected following the last regular season game of each month by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). The group consists of members of print television radio and online media. More information and membership guidelines can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.
2009 MLS Player of the Month Award Winners
March:
Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders FC
April: Brian McBride – Chicago Fire
May: Conor Casey – Colorado Rapids