COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that it has signed free agent forward Conor Casey. In addition to tenures in the Bundesliga as well as with the United States Men’s National Team, Casey brings nine years of Major League Soccer experience to Crew SC. With 71 career tallies in MLS, Casey ranks sixth among all active League players in career regular-season goal-scoring. With Casey and Kei Kamara (74), Crew SC becomes the only MLS side to have two players on its current roster with 70 or more all-time regular-season goals. Per club and MLS policy, additional details of the deal were not disclosed.
Casey helped the Colorado Rapids win the MLS Cup during his fourth year with the club in 2010. He scored the game-tying goal in the 57th minute of the 2010 MLS Cup against FC Dallas and was named MLS Cup MVP following the match. In 2009, following a career-best 16 goal campaign, Casey was named to the MLS Best XI. He has been named as an MLS All-Star twice, including to the gameday roster for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game.
“We are pleased to add Conor Casey to our squad,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “He is an MLS Cup champion and in addition to his invaluable amount of experience in this League and in Germany, Conor brings proven goal-scoring ability and a high level of soccer intelligence. We would like to thank Conor for choosing Crew SC and we look forward to integrating him into our system immediately as we continue preseason training.”
Photos courtesy of Brad Smith and Andrew Katsampes.