Sporting AZ FC announced today it has signed midfielder Tony Cascio. The 27-year-old Gilbert native was drafted No. 14 overall by the Colorado Rapids in the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
As a wide player with plenty of pace, Cascio brings another dynamic element to head coach Aidan Davison’s attack-minded side.
Sporting general manager Tim Marchisotto said, "Tony's a local guy who’s had success both collegiately and professionally. It's really great to have a player with his success and professional background be part of our organization.”
A standout performer under renowned head coach Ray Reid at UConn, Cascio was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as a junior, and helped his team to a No. 5 national ranking to close out his senior year.
With the Rapids, Cascio made an immediate impact as a rookie, scoring three goals and adding three assists in 29 appearances. In 2014 he spent time on loan to Houston Dynamo, and in 2015 was acquired by expansion Orlando City SC. Cascio battled injuries to his ACL and back, however, and would not see regular season minutes for the Lions.
In 2016 Cascio was signed by USL club Arizona United SC (now Phoenix Rising FC), and logged a goal and three assists in 22 matches. He re-joined the Rapids on trial in 2017 but did not sign. Cascio is currently coaching at Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club.
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