Conor Casey Wins MLS Player of the Week Award for Week 3

NEW YORK (Monday April 6 2009) – Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey was voted Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 3 of the 2009 season. Casey struck early and often as the Rapids defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 on the road Saturday night.
(Click here to watch video highlights of Casey's goals).
This is Casey's second career MLS Player of the Week Award. His last Player of the Week Award came in Week 27 of the 2008 season after he notched his first career hat trick in a 5-4 victory over the New York Red Bulls.
The veteran forward got off to a quick start on Saturday clinically tapping in an Omar Cummings pass into the open net only 16 seconds into the game. The goal was the second fastest in MLS history behind only Dwayne De Rosario's strike as a member of the San Jose Earthquakes 11 seconds into a match versus Dallas on Sept. 27 2003.
Casey struck again in the 49th minute only 96 seconds after the Galaxy had taken a 2-1 lead in the game. Cummings fired a looping cross from the right side finding Casey who buried the ball past the outstretched legs of Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders.
Casey's third goal and the gamewinner came in the 84th minute on a pass from Colin Clark. The left winger stole the ball from Galaxy defender Sean Franklin and raced up the field. Clark found Casey on a well-timed pass that put the forward behind the Galaxy defense. Casey dribbled the ball in the open space beating Saunders one-on-one before tucking the ball into the back of the empty net.
The Major League Soccer Player of the Week is selected each week of the MLS regular season 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 information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.
2009 MLS Player of the Week Winners:
WEEK 1: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC)
WEEK 2: Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC)
WEEK 3: Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids)