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Torn Achilles’ Sidelines Rapids F Casey For Season

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COMMERCE CITY, CO - JULY 09:  Conor Casey #9 of the Colorado Rapids moves the ball against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 9, 2011 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

COMMERCE CITY, CO – JULY 09: Conor Casey #9 of the Colorado Rapids moves the ball against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on July 9, 2011 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Rapids will be without leading goal scorer Conor Casey for the rest of the season after the standout striker tore his Achilles’ tendon in a game over the weekend in Seattle.

Casey will have surgery Wednesday in Denver to repair the tendon. He’s expected to be sidelined for around eight months.

The injury occurred in the 38th minute of a 4-3 loss to the Sounders on Saturday. Casey slowly limped off the field and then into the locker room. An MRI on Monday revealed the degree of the injury.

Casey, who turns 30 next week, has six goals this season for the defending MLS Cup champions. A Denver native, he is the Rapids’ all-time leading goal scorer.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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