Team of the Matchday: DC United, St. Louis make moves in Matchday 21
D.C. United and St. Louis CITY SC earned some of the biggest results from Matchday 21, resulting in prominent real estate in the latest Team of the Matchday presented by Audi.
Cascante joined Austin FC ahead of the Club's inaugural season in 2021 and has since become a key presence on the team's backline, signing a three-year guaranteed contract extension in April 2023 to keep him at the Club through the end of the 2025 season. In 2021 and 2022, he made 67 appearances for the Verde & Black across the MLS regular season and playoffs, contributing five (5) goals and six (6) assists. His seven (7) goal contributions in the 2022 season were tied for the most among all MLS center backs.
In 2022, Cascante’s average of 55.1 touches per game was the most of any Austin FC player. He also ranked second on the team in accurate long balls (157), second in duels (277), and third in tackles won (22).
Prior to joining Austin FC, Cascante spent the 2018 to 2020 seasons with Portland Timbers, scoring two (2) goals and adding two (2) assists in 51 matches (41 starts) across all competitions. He was a member of the Timbers team which was crowned champions of the MLS is Back Tournament in 2020. Ahead of his move to MLS, Cascante played for Deportivo Saprissa in his native Costa Rica during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, making 59 appearances (49 starts) including five (5) appearances in the Concacaf Champions League. He ranked among the team leaders in goals scored (9) and helped Saprissa capture its 33rd Primera Division title. He also had stints with C.F. Universidad de Costa Rica and Orión FC in Costa Rica.
At the international level, Cascante has earned one (1) cap for the Costa Rica National Team, making a substitute appearance in a friendly against Nicaragua on Decemeber 15, 2015. Cascante was also in the Costa Rica U-22 squad that participated in the 2015 World Youth Festival where he made three (3) starts. He also made three (3) starts with the Costa Rica U-23 team in the 2015 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament.