Portland Timbers defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste comes in at #16 on MLSsoccer.com's 24 Under 24
Pos: D | Portland Timbers | Age: 21
After a somewhat quiet 2012 rookie campaign that saw the Generation adidas signing from the University of Connecticut play five matches (4 starts), it was his second year that Andrew Jean-Baptiste made his mark.
A hulking presence on the Timbers backline, Jean-Baptiste has played in 26 matches (22 starts) with none more memorable than his contributions in a Portland 2-1 over the LA Galaxy in July.
After helping shut down Galaxy DP forward Robbie Keane all game, Jean-Baptiste made it to the attacking end in stoppage time to head in a game-winning goal that shook JELD-WEN Field to its core.
|24 Under 24|
|Last Year in 24U24: N/A|
|Matches played: 26|
|Matches started: 22|