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You Be The GM: Should Conor Casey Stay Or Go?

How the Union’s Front Office makes personnel decisions is a murky mess, so we thought the fans could fill what appears to be a major void. Over the course of the MLS playoffs we’ll look at all of the Union’s key players and decide who should stay and who should go. Who do fans most want to see stay? Who do fans most want to see go? We’ll tally it all up before the MLS Expansion Draft.

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Conor Casey showed flashes of his brilliance this past campaign, and was a key reason behind the Union's midseason run to respectability. He registered eight goals, good for second best behind Sebastian Le Toux. But as the season wore on, Casey's minutes dwindled. Late in the season as a starter he was consistently subbed after 60 minutes. And as the tendinitis in his knee worsened, he stopped playing altogether.  At age 33, Conor Casey can't be depended on for more than depth at forward next season, leaving a huge vacancy that needs to be filled in the offseason.

Here are some facts and stats about Casey:

  • Casey had a base salary of $192K in 2014
  • Casey played 1,459 minutes, 58 minutes per appearance, and 48% of the possible minutes. That minute total was good for twelfth most on the team
  • Casey led all offensive players with 0.7 clearances per game, indicating he contributed at the defensive end
  • Casey's rating of 6.73 was ranked 171st our of 268 players who played more than 17 games
  • Casey's pass completion percentage of 65.7% was the worst of all offensive players on the Union
Conor Casey Stats
Games Minutes Goals Assists Key Passes/Gm Pass % Tackles/Gm Int/Gm Clear/Gm Rating
2014 25 1459 8 1 0.8 65.7 0.2 0.2 0.7 6.73

Conor Casey does not have a contract with Philadelphia Union going into next season. Bringing Casey back next year would require a relatively big investment for a backup forward. Do his intangibles and experience bring enough to the Union to warrant a return to the Union? Would the Union want both Casey and Brian Brown as backups? Conor Casey has given two solid seasons to the Union, but does he have enough left in the tank?

Should the Union re-sign Conor Casey?

Previous You Be The GM votes:

Brian Brown

Maurice Edu

Amobi Okugo