February 23, 2007 Toronto FC Conor Casey story (from Globe and Mail)

POSTED ON: 23/02/07
Casey watches Toronto FC from the sidelines
LARRY MILLSON

Globe and Mail Update

SUNRISE, FLA. Most of Conor Casey's workout Friday morning with Toronto FC was done on the sideline. He has a minor injury and hopes to be able to resume full training next week when the team is back in Toronto.

And perhaps by then, Toronto FC will be able to announce that he is officially one of its players once Major League Soccer procedural matters are wrapped up.

Casey, a former striker for the U.S. national team who has been playing in Germany, said he has not been disturbed by the slow-moving process.

"I haven't put much thought into it to be honest," Casey said Friday after a morning workout on the field that is part of the grounds of the hotel where the team is staying. "I signed a contract and I'm assuming that in a few days it will be made official."

He said he is looking forward to the first-year team. "It's a pretty good group of players," he said.

Noting that the season ticket sales have been robust for the home games at BMO Field, Casey said. "It should be a good atmosphere."

Casey played half of an exhibition game just after the team's arrival in Sunrise, Fla., slightly more than a week ago but suffered a slight thigh injury that has hampered his training.

"I think I'll start training again on Tuesday," he said.

The team will return to Toronto on Saturday and will return to Florida on March 5 and will training in Bradenton through March 17.

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