As it turns out, Tony Cascio's collegiate production is translating quite nicely into the first season of his professional career.
With starts in all four of the Colorado Rapids' games, consistent and influential play on the wing and a game-winning goal on the road to boot, Cascio earned SBI's first Rookie of the Month honors of the 2012 season. Cascio's play has been one of the contributing factors to the Rapids' 3-1 start, and he'll face his biggest test of his first season this weekend against RSL in the clubs' first Rocky Mountain Cup match of the season.
The former UConn star and Arizona native edged out New England's Kelyn Rowe and D.C. United's Nick DeLeon to win the honors for the season's opening month. Rowe and DeLeon both had compelling cases.
Rowe started all four games for the Revolution and was an integral part of the club's dismantling of the Los Angeles Galaxy over the weekend, scoring his first professional goal. DeLeon, meanwhile, had two goals and an assist in three games, and he tortured FC Dallas defenders last Friday night with a complete performance in his second career start.
Other rookies who stood out in the season's opening month were Real Salt Lake midfielder Sebastian Velasquez, Chivas USA forward Casey Townsend, Portland Timbers centerback Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso and New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara.
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