PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Steven Evans got the biggest cheers Monday night at the inaugural MLS Homegrown Game.
Evans grew up in Portland and was on the Timbers' U23 team before playing at the University of Portland. After college, he signed with the Timbers as the team's second homegrown player.
He served as captain of the group of players who, like him, came from the MLS program to develop and keep young talent. They played the Timbers U23 team to a 0-0 draw.
The event, sponsored by Chipotle, was part of the MLS All-Star festivities. The All-Star game is scheduled for Wednesday night at Portland's downtown Providence Park.
The homegrown players had just 24 hours and a walkthrough to prepare. But the idea was to give the league's young stars a showcase.
"It was a tough thing to do, because I played with some of them (the Timbers). So I had to keep that in mind and just look for the white jerseys tonight," said Evans, who is currently loan to the Sacramento Republic of the USL.
Portland's Andy Thoma challenged homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin of Sporting KC in the 52nd minute but the shot went wide right. Miguel Aguilar looked to have another good shot at beating Kempin in the 61st minute, but it also sailed wide.