Press release from the Rapids today. Good to see further recognition of Casey's talents. Does anybody else think that having only three defenders nominated is a bit weird?
MLS Commissioner Don Garber today announced that Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey has been named to the 2009 MLS Best XI during his annual State of the League address.
The MLS Best XI recognizes the League’s top 11 players at each position on the field - one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards. The players selected to the Best XI received the most votes from the media, MLS players and MLS coaches and general managers.
Casey garners Best XI honors for the first time in his three-year career following a stellar 2009 season, which saw him finish second in the Budweiser MLS Golden Boot race with a new Rapids single season record 16 goals. In 24 games this season, he played in 2,087 minutes and added one assist while also capturing MLS Player of the Week three times on the year and MLS Player of the Month for May. In July, Casey was also named to his first career MLS All-Star First XI.
Casey becomes the sixth Rapids player in team history to be named to the league’s year-end Best XI squad and the first since Joe Cannon in 2004.
2009 MLS Best XI:
GOALKEEPER (1): Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)
DEFENDERS (3): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle Sounders FC)
FORWARDS (2): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas)