The 'pterodactyl' Cascio provides goal and assist in win

Pareja praises rookie for bringing energy and being dangerous in front of goal

Tony Cascio does the Pterodactyl after goal against Portland

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Garrett Ellwood / Colorado Rapids

Commerce City, Colo. - Tony Cascio ran and waved his arms in a flying motion after he scored his goal against Portlant on Wednesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. It was the return of the pterodactyl.

"It's something I've been doing since I was little," Cascio revealed of his celebration. "It's the pterodactyl, that's what my nickname is. I just fly away when I score, so that's how it goes."

Cascio said the nickname originated while on a 3v3 tournament with his childhood friends in Arizona. Their team name was the "Pterys," short for pterodactyl, the first flying reptile from the jurassic age. After each goal the players would celebrate in similar fashion, and Cascio has tried to keep 'the Ptery' celebration going ever since.

The rookie had reason to celebrate. After hitting the post in the first minute of action, Cascio set up Andre Akpan's 6th minute goal before scoring his third goal of the season 20 minutes later. Both goals came after heeding the advice of coach Oscar Pareja.

"Coach always says to believe that the ball is going to get there," Cascio said. "And actually the first two goals came because of that. The first goal I made the sprint across the box and it bounced out to Andre (Akpan), and the second goal I beat my man to the ball. Both of those goals came off of what he said."

Cascio set up Akpan's goal by re-directing a Drew Moor cross over Portland defender Kosuke Kimura back into the center of the box where Akpan finished (WATCH HERE). The 22-year-old then increased the lead with a goal on a play which he started on his own half and finished 70 yards later after continuing his run (watch below).

"Tony had a very good game in Portland as well, being the guy who was more dangerous" Pareja reminded after the match. "He brings that. We know that he needs to keep growing in his game and get more experience, but Tony brings you that energy. And he's a dangerous player - he gets himself in position to score very easily."