The Colorado Rapids and Houston Dynamo announced a historic deal on Tuesday that would send 23-year-old midfielder Tony Cascio to the Dynamo on a season-long loan for a one-year international roster spot. It was a historic deal because it was the first ever loan between two MLS clubs since the league began in 1996.
The move gives Colorado some more roster flexibility with that ninth international spot even though they only have four of the current spots filled. Cascio played in only 13 league matches last season for the Rapids logging 530 minutes while chipping in a goal. His minutes had been drastically reduced due to the emergence of Deshorn Brown and the consistent play of now San Jose Earthquakes player Atiba Harris.
Cascio mainly played on the wing for Colorado but has shown his ability to play centrally as well if called upon. He showed a knack for goal scoring as well as some creativity in his four years at the University of Connecticut with 24 goals and 25 assists before being drafted No. 14 overall in the 2012 SuperDraft.
He will be a very welcome addition to the Dynamo adding some more youth and depth to Dominic Kinnear‘s attack. Houston already has two dangerous wings in Oscar Boniek Garcia and Brad Davis which could allow Kinnear to experiment with Cascio in the central midfield or even maybe at a forward position.
Cascio will also prove to be very useful when the FIFA World Cup rolls around in June as it is expected that Garcia and Davis will be making the trip to Brazil with their respective national teams. Currently the depth at outside midfield for Houston takes a big plunge behind the pair, but Cascio will likely fill the role just fine.
Terms of the deal include that Houston will take over the contract and rights for Cascio during the loan with an option to permanently purchase him at the end of the season.