Aug 10, 2013, 11:20 PM EST
Ten weeks and change remain in Major League Soccer’s 34-round season, but can we go ahead and hand some kind of Comeback Player honor to Philadelphia striker Conor Casey?
He’s probably not eligible for official MLS Comeback Player of the Year – although it’s hard to say, as that is an odd duck of an award anyway. It’s not always 100 percent clear what some of these characters are “coming back from” in the MLS “comeback” vernacular.
Casey tore his Achilles tendon back in the summer of 2011. He did return to the field last year but was largely ineffective for Colorado with just two goals in 18 appearances. The Rapids released him at season’s end; Philadelphia claimed the 2010 MLS Cup winner in Major League Soccer’s winter re-entry draft.
What a bargain that man has become.
Casey struck for both Philly goals Saturday in a 2-0 win over D.C. United. He has nine goals, tied for fifth among league leaders. Anyone around PPL Park in Chester would certainly have taken nine goals from Casey, and the man still has about a third of the season to further pad the stats.
What makes his contributions so vital right now is that young Jack McInerney, who would fall out of bed and accidently score a goal earlier this year (that is to say, everything was going in for the 21-year-old American) cannot find goal this summer. McInerney has not scored since June 1, a seven-game scoreless streak now.
We’ll talk more later about Sebastien Le Toux, who had two more assists Saturday; he’s another reason things are going so weel in Chester, PA.
Here are NBC’s highlight’s from Saturday’s 2-0 win at PPL Park in Chester, three points that moved John Hackworth’s Union from fourth to third in the East.
- Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o set for move to Major League Soccer 1
- UEFA Champions League Preview: Manchester United, Bayern Munich look to finish group stage on top 0
- Some very interesting names now available through Major League Soccer’s re-entry process 1
- Premier League Playback: Everton in the mix, miserable Mourinho, basement boys battling 0
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- 2014 World Cup Draw: USA in Group of Death with Germany, Portugal, Ghana – Schedule, times, venues (34)
- What US Soccer wants from the World Cup draw (23)
- Now that we know the U.S. opponents, which 23 players should Jurgen Klinsmann bring to Brazil? (20)
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw: The sum of all fears scenario for the United States (17)
- Arena de Amazonia: Host of USA vs CR7
- USA Will Advance in Brazil
- Group B: No Walk In The Park
- Analyzing The Draw From An Azzurri Viewpoint
- Q&A With Alvaro Saborio
- Ronaldo: "I Didn't See the Draw, I Was Asleep"
- Messi: "There Are no Easy Opponents"
- England Are up in The Amazon Without a Paddle
- Mexico's World Cup Kit
- Fernanda Lima Raises the Bar For World Cup 2014