HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Saprissa on Jan. 2, 2018, utilizing Targeted Allocation Money.
Cascante is a young but experienced central defender already having played in over 100 professional matches. Cascante brings an intense focus and awareness to the game and possesses a number of characteristics we believe will help propel him to the next level in his career.
INTERNATIONAL: At the international level, Cascante has earned one cap for Costa Rica, featuring as a substitute in a friendly fixture against Nicaragua on Dec. 15, 2015. He made three appearances for the Costa Rica U-23 team.
OUTSIDE MLS: Following his first professional campaign with Orión FC, Cascante spent three seasons (2013-2016) with Costa Rican first-division club C.F. Universidad de Costa Rica, before joining Deportiva Saprissa ahead of the 2016 Costa Rica Primera Division season. In the past two seasons with Saprissa, Cascante made 51 league appearances (43 starts), while also making five appearances (3 starts) in CONCACAF Champions League, including two starts against the Timbers, as Saprissa advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2016-17 iteration of the international competition. Additionally, while playing with Saprissa, the central defender anchored a backline that helped the club capture its 33rd Primera Division championship, with Saprissa winning the 2016 Torneo de Invierno, after finishing as the runner-up for the 2016 Torneo de Verano title. During the 2017-18 Primera Divison season, Cascante made 17 appearances (16 starts) for Saprissa, with the center back ranking among the team leaders for goals scored (6). Cascante last scored in the team’s dramatic 4-3 win against CS Cartaginés in league play, with the defender recording a brace in the win, including the game-winning finish in the 81st minute of play.