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Rapids seeking a goal scorer

July 20, 2011 | 10:36 am No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Conor Casey could only smile as he scored his sixth -- and ultimately final -- goal of the 2011 season in a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. With Casey out for the season, Colorado begins the search for a new scorer. (Photograph by Jonathan Ingraham/ColoradoSoccerNow.com)

Maybe Scott Palguta has a few more goals in him this season.

Palguta, who has two goals in his career, both game winners this season, has the highest strike rate of all the remaining Colorado Rapids with two goals in six appearances in the 2011 season.

Relying on a reserve defender to score a host of goals wouldn’t matter if not for the loss of leading scorer Conor Casey for the season. Casey, who went out injured in the 38th minute of Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Seattle Sounders, led the team with six goals this season. An MRI on Tuesday confirmed that Casey had torn his left Achilles tendon, an inury with about an eight month recovery period.

In his absence, here’s what the scoring table looks like for Colorado:

1. Jeff Larentowicz — 4 goals
2. Caleb Folan — 3 goals
2. Jamie Smith — 3 goals
4. Drew Moor — 2 goals
4. Omar Cummings — 2 goals
4. Scott Palguta — 2 goals

For those keeping track, that’s two defenders and two midfielders on the list with forwards Folan and Cummings.

Finding a consistent scorer starts tonight as the Rapids face the New York Red Bull at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids play twice this week, with New York followed by the New England Revolution on Saturday. Tickets are available to both matches by calling 303-825-GOAL or visiting the team Web site.

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