Colorado Rapids striker Casey double hero for USA

Colorado Rapids striker Conor Casey was the hero for the USA national team on the weekend.

Colorado Rapids striker Conor Casey was the hero for the USA national team on the weekend.

The 28-year old scored his first-ever goals for the USA in a vital World Cup qualifying win over Honduras (3-2) in the 58th and 65th minutes in San Pedro Sula.

Casey admitted he was surprised when he was handed a start by coach Bob Bradley but was delighted to get the game time and to score twice was an added bonus.

“I was a little surprised, but definitely excited to get the start,” Casey said.

“We knew it was going to be a very tough game. They obviously were playing to win and playing for the same thing that we were, and they had their crowd behind them. I thought we played well, we played smart, got a little lucky in the end with the [missed] penalty, but we definitely deserved it in the end.

“On the first one, the ball was played in to Charlie (Davies) and I kind of speculated that he would be heading it back in my direction, so I went up the goalie challenged for it. I don’t know if I got my head on it or what, but somehow it went in the direction of the goal and in.

“On the second one, I think we just broke and Landon (Donovan) slipped me a nice ball, and I was alone on goal and slotted it in the corner.”

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