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Conor Casey among 8 players to part ways with Colorado Rapids

The Colorado Rapids reached a mutual agreement to part ways with forward Conor Casey. The Rapids also announced that they will sever ties with seven additional players.

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The Colorado Rapids announced Friday that they have reached a mutual agreement to part ways with forward Conor Casey. The Rapids have also declined options or opted not to offer new contracts to seven additional players.

Casey leaves the Rapids as the team's all-time leading scorer. Casey also earned the MLS Cup MVP award as a member of the Rapids in 2010. Casey, a Denver native, has been with the Rapids since 2007.

The Rapids will also part ways with Luis Eduardo "Edu" Schmidt, Ian Joyce, Tyrone Marshall, Joseph Nane, Scott Palguta, Tyson Wahl, and Luis Zapata.

Marshall was drafted by the Rapids in 1998, but played only one match before being traded. He eventually returned to the team in 2011. Palguta has appeared in 50 games for Colorado, but only made two appearances in 2012.

Colorado finished the 2012 season with a record of 11-19-4, finishing 7th in the Western Conference standings with 37 points. The Rapids will open their preseason camp in January 2013.