ORLANDO, Fla. – Former University of Connecticut men’s soccer standout Tony Cascio (2008-11) will be reunited with former UConn assistant coach Paul McDonough after the midfielder was selected by McDonough and the Orlando City SC in the second round of the MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday.
Cascio, who played under McDonough as a freshman at UConn in 2008, was one of 240 players available to New York City FC and Orlando City SC in Wednesday’s draft. He was drafted No. 14 overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids, who he played for from 2012-2013 before being loaned to the Houston Dynamo before this past season. The former Husky has played in 48 games throughout his pro career, tallying 11 points on four goals and three assists.
McDonough spent six successful seasons in Storrs as an assistant under current head coach Ray Reid, serving as the primary recruiter for a Husky team that reached the NCAA Tournament in each season throughout his tenure.
UConn captured the Big East Tournament Championship three times (2004, 2005, 2007) with McDonough on the staff, and Connecticut finished as the regular season conference champion in 2005 and 2007. McDonough, who has had previous coaching stints with Wake Forest and South Carolina, was hired by Orlando City SC this past January to be the VP of Soccer Operations.
Cascio and McDonough helped the Huskies go 11-5 in 2008 and reach the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament. Cascio started 15 of 22 games that year, finishing with 10 points and a team-high six assists for UConn, and he earned NSCAA All-America honors as a junior after ending the year with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists.
“Paul is doing a brilliant job of putting Orlando City SC together,” Reid said. “The addition of Tony gives him another weapon up front as well as on the flank.”
Cascio, McDonough and Orlando City will make the team’s MLS Debut next season in the league’s 22nd year of existence.