One of the bits of silver lining in the Portland Timbers’ disappointing 2012 campaign has been the chance for the team to give some younger players a look, and Andrew Jean-Baptiste made the most of that opportunity last weekend.
The 2012 MLS First Round draft pick had not started a match since April, but he ended his rookie season on a strong note. His work in central defense helped limit the San Jose Earthquake’s high-powered offense to one penalty kick goal in a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Jean-Baptiste’s performance earned him SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.
The UConn product beat out a field of candidates that included Nick DeLeon, Austin Berry, Connor Lade and Ray Gaddis.
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