Casey out for the year with torn Achilles

Team leading scorer set for surgery Wednesday, could be out eight months

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Tuesday, July 19, 2011) – Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey will miss the remainder of the 2011 season after suffering a torn left Achilles tendon during the Rapids match on Saturday at Seattle Sounders FC (video below). Casey, who leads the Rapids with six goals this season, will undergo surgery on Wednesday and is expected to be out approximately eight months while recovering.

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Casey was injured in the 38th minute of Saturday’s match at Seattle Sounders FC, and an MRI taken on Monday afternoon revealed the extent of the injury. Surgery on Casey’s left Achilles tendon has been scheduled for Wednesday at Advanced Orthopedics in Denver under the supervision of Rapids Team Doctor Wayne Gersoff MD.

The 29-year-old is the club's all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, having started 88 of the 101 career regular season games he's appeared in for the Rapids. He had started 11 of the 14 matches he appeared in this year, missing six games with a hamstring strain. The Denver-native was named the 2010 MLS Cup Final MVP after scoring a goal and setting up the winner in the championship game against FC Dallas last November.

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