March 5, 2007 Toronto FC sign Conor Casey (from Canadian Press)

POSTED ON: 05/03/07

Toronto FC finally add Casey
Canadian Press

TORONTO: Toronto FC add players, announce season tickets are almost gone

Toronto FC added veteran goalkeeper Jon Busch on Monday and finally cut through the red tape needed to secure striker Conor Casey.

The team also announced that it is about to cut off season ticket sales. As of Monday, it only had 250 remaining. The expansion side is capping season tickets at 14,000 at the 20,000-capacity BMO Field.

The team will be announcing details of half-season ticket packs likely later this week.

Busch, 30, was waived last week by the Columbus Crew.

The five-foot-10, 165-pound 'keeper is coming off a pair of injury-plagued seasons, playing just eight games in 2004 and nine in 2005. But he was a finalist for Goalkeeper of the Year in 2004.

Like fellow Toronto FC 'keeper Greg Sutton, he is a former A-League goalkeeper of the year.

He is expected to join Toronto FC at training camp in Bradenton, Fla., this week.

Casey, 25, had been training with Toronto FC while awaiting the green light from the league to complete his move from FSV Mainz 05 of the German Bundesliga.

The six-foot-one, 170-pound striker started in the Borussia Dortmund system before being loaned to Hannover 96 and Karlsruher SC.

He joined Mainz in June 2004 for a club-record 400,000 euros (C$618,620).

"He's a striker that adds a different flavour," coach Mo Johnston said in a statement. "We are strong up front and Conor is a good blend with our other guys (Edson) Buddle, Abbe (Ibrahim), and (Alecko) Eskandarian."

Casey has three caps with the U.S. national team.

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