Big news on Tuesday, as the first Orange County Blues player of the season was named USL Player of the Week. That honor went to forward Chris Cortez, after his brace against the Portland Timbers 2 in a 3-1 win on Saturday. Cortez picked up 43 percent of the vote, beating out Harrisburg City Islanders' Craig Foster, who scored a hat trick and finished with 29 percent.
The 27-year-old Cortez, in his third season with the Blues, is one of the key veterans on Oliver Wyss' squad, and is fourth on the team in scoring, with five goals in league play.
I checked with USL, and Cortez appears to be the first Blues player to win league Player of the Week since Matthew Fondy back in July 2013. To put that into context, Fondy has since played with three teams (Chivas USA, Chicago Fire, and Louisville City FC).
Cortez was not the only Blues player to get any recognition this week, either, as attacker David Estrada was named to the bench of the USL Team of the Week, after notching two assists in the win over Portland.
The Blues, coming off their biggest game of the season, now head into an even bigger game, against local rivals LA Galaxy II, on Saturday, where they'll look to grab that elusive win, finally, vs. the team many call "Los Dos."
Congrats to Chris on the big honor (and to David for his selection as well)!
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