October 27, 2016
MLS veteran Conor Casey retires from pro soccer
COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC forward and 10-year Major League Soccer veteran Conor Casey Thursday announced his retirement from professional soccer.
The 35-year-old Casey's biggest moment was when he scored twice in a victory in Honduras in 2009, a result that clinch at spot at the 2010 World Cup. It turned out to be the only two goals he scored in 19 international appearances.
His career included stints in the Bundesliga as well as with the U.S. national team. With 71 MLS goals, Casey is tied for 23rd all-time in regular-season goals and leaves as an MLS Cup champion after winning a title with the Colorado Rapids in 2010.
In his only season with the Crew, Casey played his last match as a member of Columbus Crew SC, earning a substitute appearance – MLS regular-season appearance number 195 – in a 4-1 loss at New York City FC.
Casey finished his MLS career with 12,699 regular-season minutes played and added 24 assists.
“I feel very fortunate today. I've been able to make a life from doing what I love,” Casey said. “This beautiful game has brought me all over the world, shown me places and people I would have never seen. From empty training fields to packed stadiums with screaming fans, it has given me back everything I've poured into many times over.
“Thank you to my family for giving me every opportunity to follow my dreams, to my friends for their support, to my wife and baby for their love, to my teammates for inspiration and to the fans for that feeling that can't be matched. Til next time.”
Casey’s MLS Cup title with the Colorado Rapids came in 2010, his fourth year with the club. He scored the game-tying goal in the 57th minute of the MLS Cup against FC Dallas and was named MLS Cup MVP. In 2009, following a career-best 16 goal season, Casey was named to the MLS Best XI. He was named as an MLS all-star twice, including to the gameday roster for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game.
“I want to congratulate Conor Casey on a long and prosperous career in professional soccer,” Crew sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter said. "I have had the pleasure of getting to know Conor and throughout our time together, Conor was a consummate professional, a prolific goal scorer and had a tremendous work ethic that I admired. Here with Crew SC, Conor battled through several injuries this season and yet he kept a positive attitude throughout his time in Columbus and so I was happy to see him make one final appearance to round-out his career. We wish him nothing but the best in the next chapter of his life.”