Cascio forced out of match with ankle sprain

Rookie left match in 41' after injurying left ankle while avoiding challenge

Colorado Rapids rookie winger Tony Cascio was forced out of Friday night's match at LA in the 41' with a minor left ankle sprain, head athletic trainer Jaime Rojas confirmed to ColoradoRapids.com after the game.

Cascio was injured in the 37' after landing awkwardly while avoiding a challenge from LA Galaxy center Omar Gonzalez. The play began with teammate Martin Rivero advancing a short ball on the left side to the over-lapping Cascio. The 22-year-old was able to jump over the slide from Gonzalez, who cleanly won the ball, but said afterwards that he came down wrong on his ankle.

Shortly after limping off the field he was replaced by Omar Cummings.

Colorado selected Cascio in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He has started 18 of the 26 regular season matches he has appeared in, scoring three goals and adding three assists. The only previous Rapids rookie draft picks to start more games or play more minutes in their first years than Cascio has so far were Lance Key (2000) and Jeff Stewart (2002).

Cascio will be further evaluated upon returning to Colorado.