The Colorado Rapids came up just short of a playoff run, finishing the season an even 10-10-10, and will watch Sunday’s 2009 Major League Soccer Cup game in Seattle from their couches, just like the rest of us.
While that may be a disappointment, the team got some good news: Rapids forward Conor Casey was named to the MLS all-pro team.
As The Denver Post points out, Casey (right) is the sixth Rapids player in team history to be named among the MLS’ top 11 players and the first Rapid to earn the accolade since goalkeeper Joe Cannon captured an all-pro spot in 2004. Casey piled up 16 goals in 24 games for the Rapids, a team single-season record, and was edged out for most goals this season by FC Dallas’ Jeff Cunningham, who finished with 17.
Meanwhile, Rapids wide midfielder Colin Clark, who tore his left ACL August 8, has already started running again, looking to get into more intense training this holiday season, writes Soccer365.com. The Colorado native went hiking last weekend near Boulder, a good sign he’s on the way to recovery.
Jacob Peterson, another wide midfielder, tore his right ACL September 23 and is about six weeks behind Clark. He hopes to start running in December, to begin training in the preseason, and to be at 100 percent by around next spring’s first regular-season game.