COMMERCE CITY — Rapids striker Conor Casey says he feels nearly fit enough to play and expects to be available next week when the Rapids host the Los Angeles Galaxy. Casey ruptured his left Achilles tendon last season on July 16.
"I'm pretty close," Casey said. "I think I'm going to give myself one more week."
The Rapids play Saturday in Seattle, where Casey was injured last year. The year before in Seattle, Casey left the game with a bloody gash in his head and a concussion.
Last year the artificial turf at CenturyLink Field was covered temporarily with grass for a friendly with Manchester United, which was played four days later.
"I felt like somebody kicked me as hard as they could in the back
Rapids coach Oscar Pareja is looking forward to getting Casey back on the field.
"Conor is a natural leader," Pareja said. "Having Conor on the field is having a player who always is going to put the other teams in trouble. He's effective in the box."