Friday, July 16, 2010

Conor Casey didn't bring home the ESPY, The Rapids didn't send up an All Star.

The ESPY awards have come and passed, and there is still no silverware to the Rapids' names, even of the stupid ESPN award variety. Conor Casey was nominated for the Best MLS Player award after scoring 16 goals last season in less appearances than any other goal-scorer nominated, but he wound up a runner-up to Landon Donovan.

To be fair, I'm pretty sure this award belonged to Donovan the second he scored that amazing goal against Algeria to win Group D for the USA in the World Cup. It's only supposed to be for MLS achievements and I think that Casey's resume last year was equal to if not slightly above Donovan's but hey - these are ESPN viewers we're talking about here. I suspect a few of them just voted for Donovan because it was the only name they recognized.

In other "things we voted for" news, there are no Rapids players on the Starting XI for the MLS All Star team. Not incredibly surprising, considering Casey has not been himself this season - 6 goals but half of them on PK's is not all that impressive for an "offensive superstar" like himself - and there are better goalkeepers than Matt Pickens out there as well. Pickens is the one I was personally spam-voting for after his impressive year so far. Former Rapid Kyle Beckerman did make the starting XI, so good on him.

The rest of the 23 man roster for the all star team will be announced on Monday, although I doubt we'll see much burgandy and blue on there.

I'm sure the Rapids players will get over it quickly when they bring home the MLS Cup!

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