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Conor Casey nets number 50

Jay DeMerit, Conor Casey

Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey, left, collides with Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jay DeMerit after heading the ball in front of the Vancouver net in the second half of the Whitecaps’ 1-0 victory in a Major League Soccer game on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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I will always have a soft spot for Conor Casey. My first tweet was something along the lines of “Feeling a big night from Conor Casey.” What did the big man do? He went out and scored two goals against Honduras to put the United States into the 2010 World Cup.

The Colorado Rapids forward notched another milestone against a rejuvenated Toronto FC squad, scoring number 50 of his MLS career.

That sounds about right. Casey will never be a great international forward -- or even a good one -- but he’s a very, very solid pro in Major League Soccer, a hardworker, a grinder, a guy who can (occasionally) surprise defenses.

Matthew Doyle notes that Casey is in some rare MLS scoring company: “For @MLS players w/ 50+ goals, Casey is 7th in goals per 90. Wondo .62, Twellman .60, Diaz Arce & Ruiz .59, Lassiter .58, JPA .55, Casey .54"

I knew I liked that guy.

(Incredible work by the MLSSoccer.com crew for geting the video up quickly. They are great, and don’t get enough credit.)