[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The news came in the form of a tweet from Portland owner Merritt Poulson: "Young DP player signed soon. world-class potential..big addition for us and league. turning 20 soon. no announce until ITC approved." According to reports out of Colombia, that player will be Jose Adolfo Valencia, son of former Colombian great Adolfo 'El Tren' Valencia, whose 17-year career included a two-year stint in MLS with the MetroStars.
The signing of Valencia Jr. would make him the first player signed under MLS's new young DP rules that provide salary cap relief for clubs interested competing on the international transfer market for young players.
The cap relief is $200,000 for players aged 21-23 and $150,000 for players 20 and younger.
The Timbers already have two Colombians under contract: Diego Chara and Jorge Perlaza.
The 6-foot-1 Valencia is 19 and plays for Independiente Santa Fe.
His father played in two World Cups for Colombia and scored in its 2-1 loss to the USA at the 1994 World Cup. His career took him to eight clubs on four continents.