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Casey, Rapids seek first win vs. Whitecaps

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Colorado Rapids coach Anthony Hudson failed to earn a single victory in 2019 before he was relieved of his duties this week. Now interim coach Conor Casey will take his first shot when the rebuilding Vancouver Whitecaps visit on Friday night.

The Rapids (0-7-2, 2 points) lost 1-0 at Atlanta last Saturday and officially announced Hudson’s ouster on Wednesday, marking the team’s second managerial firing in three seasons after Pablo Mastroeni was let go during the 2017 season.

Including interim coaches, Casey will be the fourth man in charge in the last 21 months. But the former striker who played six seasons with the Rapids says he’ll try his best to maintain some sense of consistency after being promoted from Hudson’s staff.

“A lot of the things the club has said over the last year or so, as far as being aggressive and forward thinking, those are all things that I believe in,” Casey said. “And they’re all things that I’d like to see on the field.”

Hudson finished his Rapids tenure 8-26-9 in league play. And while he preached an attacking mentality, it’s been the defensive end where Colorado has struggled, conceding a league-worst 24 times over its nine matches in 2019. No other MLS club has allowed more than 19 goals.

That could be good news for Vancouver coach Marc Dos Santos’ squad, which has scored a Western Conference-low seven goals through its first nine matches.

The rebuilding Whitecaps (1-5-3, 6 points) have been solid in the back, with defender Doneil Henry earning his second MLS Team of the Week honors for scoring and helping Vancouver earn a 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union.

That was the latest in a string of respectable results to open the season for a club that turned over most of its 2018 roster. All told, while the Whitecaps have only one victory, they’ve lost only one match by multiple goals.

That said, Henry doesn’t want to take anything for granted on the trip to Colorado.

“Every single team in this league, you go there with the wrong mentality, they beat you,” he said. “Anybody can win any game in the league, with travel, with lights on, with attitude. Whatever the circumstances. The league is special because of all of that.”

REUTERS/Field Level Media

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