Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Timbers lock up rare game-breaker
by Ridge Mahoney, August 6th, 2013 2:33PM

TAGS:  portland timbers


[MLS TRANSACTIONS] Well that didn’t take long. Just a few days after Northwest rival Seattle signed U.S. captain Clint Dempsey in a staggering swoop, Portland has locked up one of its game-breakers.

The Timbers have converted the loan deal by which it acquired midfielder/DP Diego Valeri from Club Atletico Lanus into a transfer, and signed him to a new multi-year contract. His total compensation for the 2013 season is cited as $400,000 on the MLS Players’ Union salary list. Terms of the buyout and new contract were not disclosed.

Valeri, 27, has emerged as one of the top attackers in MLS while scoring four goals and contributing eight assists in 20 regular-season games. The native of the Lanus district of Buenos Aires came to MLS in January after playing nine seasons for his local club. He debuted as a pro in 2003 and in the past few seasons went out on loan to FC Porto and Spanish club Almeria. He captained CA Lanus in 2011 and has played three times for Argentina.

Valeri stamped his influence on the Timbers in preseason and quickly formed a strong cohesion with midfield partner Will Johnson and other players.

"He wants the ball every time, he never shies away from it," said Johnson in April. "Great guy, great teammate, it’ll be fun for people to get to know him over the course of the season and hopefully for many more after that. I mean every time you get the ball, Diego just turns and makes a difficult pass that most players in this league can’t make. It’s pretty easy to play with him."

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
FIFA in total meltdown: Blatter and Platini suspended    
International soccer was engulfed by a new crisis on Thursday as FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ...
U.S. Abroad: Mewis makes European debut for Bayern    
U.S. international Kristie Mewis, signed by Bayern Munich from the NWSL's Boston Breakers, made her debut ...
TV Report: Press joins Fox Sports' @TheBuzzer    
U.S. women's national team forward Christen Press will be the first active athlete to contribute to ...
MLS: Red Bulls pull ahead in Supporters' Shield race    
The New York Red Bulls opened up a three-point lead in the Supporters' Shield race and ...
Concacaf Olympic Qualifying: Day 6    
The USA will face Honduras, a 2-1 loser to Mexico on Wednesday night, in Saturday's semifinals ...
What They're Saying: Jordan Morris    
"I don’t want to gloat or anything. I mean, for one thing, we were playing like ...
Video Pick: Unfortunate rebound downs the shooter    
We're happy to report that RB Leipzig's Austrian striker Marcel Sabitzer was unharmed after his own ...
Mexico loses key midfielder for U.S. match    
Jose Juan Vazquez, expected to start in central midfield for Mexico on Saturday against the USA ...
What They're Saying: New Jersey referee Jim Grimes    
"When I'm doing soccer, I'll still hear a parent or coach say, 'How long have you ...
Klinsmann's ace in the hole: U.S. record vs. Mexico    
For all the criticism of Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. national team coach does have quite a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives