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Casey savoring title, quashes USMNT talk

TORONTO — He’s been one of the most promising
forwards in American soccer history, but it has taken Colorado Rapids
forward Conor Casey a decade to reach the pinnacle of his sport.

“It’s amazing to win,” Casey said. “I’ve been
promoted from second to the first division and it feels like winning.
But to actually have something, a medal that says you’re the best, it
feels really good and it’s something I wasn’t sure
that I’d ever get to do.” 

The Colorado native was voted MLS Cup MVP for his
battling performance on Sunday against FC Dallas. After three seasons
of double-digit goals and an MLS Cup MVP, he is arguably one of the most
consistent American forwards in circulation.

But after failing to get a shot to make the US
World Cup team – he was not even called up to the 30-man preliminary
squad – fans will not get to see the 29-year-old with the national team.

Even after winning his first ever title on Sunday, Casey reiterated that the national team is a thing of the past for him.

[inline_node:323912]“I haven’t thought about the national team at all
since the World Cup was over,” he said. “And I’m not going to think
about it again. I’m just thinking about this team [Rapids].”

Casey was subdued as he sat in front of his locker with his MLS Cup medal hanging around his neck.

At one point he turned to strike partner Omar
Cummings and uttered the words “we’re the champions, we’re the champs,”
almost trying to convince himself that it has finally happened for him
after 10 long years.

“After the last couple of years of not making the
playoffs, you feel far away [from an MLS Cup] and especially in this
league when you have so many teams that are so even.

“We knew this was a big chance for us to be here
and we didn’t want to let it go and we just battled. It wasn’t pretty.
But we didn’t care and we just fought.”

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