Commerce City Colo. (Thursday April 19 2007)-The Colorado Rapids completed a trade today with Toronto FC for forward Conor Casey and in exchange sent a third round draft pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft an allocation and the MLS rights to Canadian player Riley O’Neill.
A Denver resident who played high school soccer at Denver South HS Casey attended the University of Portland and was named West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year in his Freshman season.
Casey now 25 began his professional career playing for German club Dortmund where he scored twice in ten games with the reserve team. He was loaned to Hannover 96 during the 2001/02 season helping the team win promotion to the Bundesliga (top division). That season he scored seven goals in 19 appearances.
He was loaned out again in 2003/04 to Bundesliga II side KarlsruheSC where he rebounded in spectacular fashion after spending much of the previous season out with injuries. With KarlsruheSC he tallied fourteen times in 30 games. His goal on the final day of the season saved the club from relegation.
The 2000 USA Olympic team member then joined FSV Mainz 05 in June of 2004 breaking the club's transfer fee record.
Internationally Casey's most recent appearance with the U.S. National Team was 2005; he has earned eight caps for his country. His debut for the squad was March 31 2004 against Poland. He played 10 games for the U-23 team scoring a goal in a 3-1 win over Armenia. That same year he represented the U.S. on the Olympic team recording an assist to help the Americans to a fourth place finish.
In 2007 Toronto FC used their top allocation to bring Casey over from club FSV Mainz 05 of the German Bundesliga.
During his brief stint with Toronto FC Casey came on as a substitute in both of the club’s games and has played a total of 58 minutes.
Birthdate:July 25 1981 in Dover N.H.
Last Club: Toronto FC
Colorado Rapids-Acquired today forwardConor Casey from Toronto FC in exchange fora third round pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft an allocation and the MLS rights to Riley O’Neill.