Kendall Waston

Waston named to MLS Team of the Week after first MLS brace

Kendall Waston - goal celebration - 2017 vs. ATL

It was a match to remember for Kendall Waston.

The towering defender put together his first multigoal match of his MLS career in a 3-1 victory over Atlanta United FC on Saturday at BC Place.

After an early goal by the road side, Waston found himself in an offensive position following a ‘Caps corner. The Costa Rican international looked like a seasoned striker taking an Andrew Jacobson cross off his chest before settling the ball and finishing in the bottom corner.

Rare Sighting: @kwaston88 scoring with his feet. #slowmo#vwfc
Next Match June 17 vs. FC Dallas:

— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) June 4, 2017

Then just before the half, the big man, using his size to his advantage, headed a Cristian Techera corner into the back of the net to give the 'Caps a 2-1 halftime lead. The goal would eventually stand as the game-winner.

.@kwaston88 back to what he knows best - scoring with his head! Brace for the big man.

— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) June 3, 2017

Late in the match, with Atlanta pressing down two goals, Waston used his head again, this time on the defensive side of the ball, saving a shot off the goal line. After some frantic play in the box, the ball came to Leandro González Pirez, who thought he’d cut the lead to one but the 6-foot-5 Waston was there to shut to the door.

Putting your body on the line.

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 3, 2017

Waston's heroics give Whitecaps FC a 2W-1L-0D record on their current four-game home stand. The 'Caps finish the month-long stay with a tilt against FC Dallas, who are coming off a six-goal performance on the weekend. The match on Saturday, June 17 kicks off at 7 p.m. at BC Place. Visit for tickets.

The MLS Team of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the editorial staff.

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