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Tony Cascio Starts Season Opener With Colorado Rapids

Tony Cascio began his professional career with a start in the MLS season opener.

March 11, 2012

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Former UConn All-American Tony Cascio opened the 2012 Major League Soccer campaign with a start in the season opener for the Colorado Rapids. Cascio was selected No. 14 by the Rapids in the MLS SuperDraft in January.

Cascio played 69 minutes in the Rapids' 2-0 victory at home over Columbus on Saturday afternoon.

"It's all about timing. I was training with the reserves most of preseason. The coaches like what I do. It's a little bit of skill and some chance. I started with the first team in Hawaii (in preseason) and scored a goal. That proved something there and I earned the trust of the coaches to get put into the starting lineup, which is good for a rookie. It feels good," said Cascio.

In other professional news, former UConn star Shawn Nicklaw ('11) has signed a two-year professional contract with Danish club HB Koge. HB Koge competes in the Danish Superliga, the top division in Denmark.

Nicklaw was a three-year starter who contributed in all-four years of his career with Connecticut. Nicklaw, an outside back or outside midfielder, appeared in 80 games during his career, registering two goals and seven assists for 11 points.