PORTLAND, Ore. – T2 midfielder Steven Evans has been named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 3 after scoring the game winner in the 85th minute against Sacramento Republic FC, it was announced today. Evans’ first goal of the season completed the comeback for T2 as they overturned a one-goal deficit to defeat Sacramento 2-1. Evans, a Portland native who played for the University of Portland Pilots in college, came on as a substitute in the 78th minute and moments later pounced on a ball that was redirected by a defender and fired a shot from distance for his first goal of the season.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Mark Pais, Saint Louis FC: Five saves in shutout all came in second half as STL FC fought off a strong comeback bid by Tulsa to earn 2-0 win
D – Shawn McLaws, New York Red Bulls II: Defended strongly and notched first professional goal as he attacked well down the right side
D – Craig Nitti, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Capped an excellent defensive display with an outstanding free kick goal as WFC2 earned victory in Austin
D – Conor Shanosky, Louisville City FC: Helped City earn a point on the road in Richmond with strong defensive positioning and by winning aerial duels.
D – Onua Obasi, Rochester Rhinos: Provided assist on game-winning goal and was solid defensively as Rhinos took first win of season
M – Enzo Martinez, Charlotte Independence: Notched game-tying goal as Charlotte earned a point on the road against Wilmington
M – Justin Portillo, Charleston Battery: Provided a strong foundation for Battery’s attack as he won possession and distributed well throughout
M – Steven Evans, Portland Timbers 2: Scored game-winning goal with three minutes remaining as T2 opened season with two wins from two
F – Dennis Chin, Arizona United SC: Scored game-tying goal and set up stoppage-time winner in 2-1 victory against LA Galaxy II
F – Jermie Lynch, Saint Louis FC: Scored first goal in STL FC history and added an assist to lead his side to 2-0 victory against Tulsa
F – Danni König, OKC Energy FC: Notched pair of goals, including a stoppage-time winner, to lift Energy FC to victory against Colorado Springs
Bench: Devin Perales (ATX), Yudia Imura (RIC), Caleb Clarke (VAN), Kris Tyrpak (ATX), Heviel Cordoves (CHS), Hugh Dixon (ROC), Matt Fondy (LOU)
T2 (2-0-0, 6 pts) travel to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, to face Real Monarchs (0-1-1, 1 pt) this Wednesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. (Pacific). Following Wednesday’s match, T2 travel again to face Seattle Sounders FC 2 (2-0-0, 6 pts) at Starfire Stadium on Saturday, April 11; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific).
Both road matches this week will be carried on a live, high-definition web stream on www.timbers2.com.