Cascadia 3 Star Challenge: Week 2


By Steven Agen and Matt Hoffman

How it works: Each week, Prost Portland, Prost Seattle, and Prost Vancouver will select three standout players on their team and players will get 1,2,3 or three starts. We’ll track this all season long to name the Cascadia Etihad Gatorade Amway Depends Windex Player of the Year presented by the all-new, all-reliable, very loud Dodge Hellcat.

Portland Timbers

Record: 2-0-0; 6 points
Result: 1-0 road win at LA Galaxy

🌟 🌟 🌟 Diego Valeri‘s perfectly placed ball for Chara helped Portland to open the scoring at LA, marking the 13th time he would have an assist in consecutive matches. Valeri is now third in assists for all Timbers incarnations since 1975.  
🌟 🌟 Diego Chara scored what would be the game winning goal in the 8th minute before needing to cover more ground because of the Guzman injury. It was Chara’s first MLS regular-season goal since Oct. 18, 2015 and Timbers fans remember that goal quite well.
🌟 Marco Farfan‘s MLS debut included a clean sheet, with 5 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 clearances, 1 key pass. All this and he had one less hour to get ready for class on Monday morning. (See: Why is Daylight Savings a thing?)

Photo Credit: MLS

Seattle Sounders

Record: 0-1-1; 1 point
Result: 2-2 draw at Montreal

🌟 🌟 🌟 Jordan Morris might not have gotten on the score sheet, but he was Seattle’s best player on the night. The standout forward consistently stretched the Impact back line and was Sounders’ only spark for much of the match.
🌟 🌟 Oniel Fisher subbed on with Seattle down 2-0 and proceeded to win a penalty out of nothing. If he doesn’t make that run to force Ciman into an admittedly unnecessary challenge, Sounders limp to their second consecutive defeat to start the year. Fisher dragged Seattle back on Saturday. 
🌟 Will Bruin equalized with almost the very last kick of the match. Not a bad time to score your first goal for your new club, huh?

Vancouver Whitecaps

Record: 0-1-1; 1 point
Result: 3-2 road loss at San Jose

🌟 🌟 🌟 Erik Hurtado got Vancouver off on the right foot, snagging a wayward pass and then finishing to give Vancouver the lead in the second minute. Hurtado also set up Mezquida’s goal in a fine performance for the 26-year old. 
🌟 🌟 Nicolas Mezquida gave the visitors what would have appeared to be an insurmountable lead. However, David Ousted’s red card made that lead very surmountable indeed. Carl Robinson later said to TSN radio he “would have taken back the Mezquida sub if I could. I apologized to him at halftime.” What could have been..
🌟 Christian Dean Oofta. Last week, Dean took over center backing duties to enable Waston to rest. Dean had a couple of questionable defensive lapses that helped San Jose come back and ultimately get the three points.


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