Cristian Techera had never scored a Major League Soccer hat trick before he stepped on the turf at BC Place Saturday afternoon.
It was the first Whitecaps hat trick since 2013 and the 28th quickest scored in MLS history. And for that, Techera was named the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week award of the year, as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).
With his team trailing 2-0, the 25-year-old midfielder opened his account in the 49th minute, taking Marcel de Jong’s service from the left touchline off the bounce and hammering past Matt Turner with his left foot.
Two minutes later, Techera netted the equalizer, heading in the rebound of his own saved shot after again beating his defender to service at the back post.
Techera now has five goals on the season, two off his single-season high set in his first year with the ‘Caps in 2015.
The Alcatel MLS Player of the Week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the North American Soccer Reporters. The organization includes print, television, radio and online journalists who cover domestic men's soccer in the United States and Canada.