Rapids will reportedly add former striker Conor Casey as assistant coach

Casey will likely replace John Spencer on the Rapids’ coaching staff. ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle reported Tuesday that Spencer is leaving the club.

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The Rapids seem to have made a habit out of signing former players as coaches. (Jessica Taves/For Denverite)

One former player already populates the Colorado Rapids’ coaching ranks, and it appears another former player could soon follow suit.

Conor Casey will be announced a Rapids assistant coach in the near future, Burgundy Wave reported Tuesday. He’ll work under Rapids legend and current head coach Pablo Mastroeni.

Casey, 35, retired from his playing days in October. He played for the Rapids from 2007 to 2012, scoring 40 goals in 119 regular season appearances and helping Colorado win the 2010 MLS Cup. Casey netted 71 goals total in 195 MLS regular season games.

Casey will likely replace John Spencer on the Rapids’ coaching staff. ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle reported Tuesday that Spencer is leaving the club.

The Rapids are looking to build off a breakthrough 2016 season. They were runners-up in the race for the Supporters’ Shield and advanced all the way to the Western Conference Championship before falling to the eventual MLS-Champion Seattle Sounders.

The Rapids allowed the fewest goals in 2016 but struggled at times to generate offense. They scored 34 goals in 39 regular season games, tied for the second fewest in the MLS.

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