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Fantasy Focus: At last, the last

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It's all but over

The final round is on deck, and after overtaking the leader for most of this season last round, No Name MLS cemented the overall lead by amassing the most points in this round with a score of 131 points. Captain Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.8) led the team with a hat trick and an armband-aided 36 points.

Fantasy Focus: MaraVilla

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Shame about the Metros

The leader this round was Sin City FC with a score of 104 points. David Villa (NYC, $12.0) scored a hat trick and 21 points, leading to a bitter defeat suffered by some team in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Clint Dempsey (SEA, $9.9) scored two goals and added an assist for 18 points, and captain Diego Valeri (POR, $11.

Portland Timbers

Valeri goal, two assists send Timbers to playoffs with win over D.C.

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The Portland Timbers are back in the playoffs after a year away from post-season action.

Diego Valeri was the hero as he opened the scoring from the spot just before half time and provided the assists on the second and third goals from Alvas Powell and Sebastian Blanco, respectively, as they toppled D.

Portland Timbers Run Over D.C. United in 4-0 Win

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The Portland Timbers returned home with an emphatic win over D.C. United, beating the Eastern Conference basement dwellers in a comprehensive 4-0 victory. Featuring a brace for Sebastian Blanco and a goal and two assists for Diego Valeri, the Timbers attack looks to be in fine form as they close out the season.

Quakes playoff hopes live another day after edging Timbers

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The San Jose Earthquakes playoff hopes remain intact after a gritty performance against an old foe who, as well, has playoffs in mind.

After the turbulent, woeful showing against the Chicago Fire midweek, the Quakes performed in a do-or-die manner, and edged the Portland Timber, 2-1, at an antsy Avaya Stadium.

Around The Forest: Hope Solo settles with the United States Soccer Federation

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Hot and fresh playoff scenarios, ATLUD's Almiron injured at the wrong time, epic fail by Luke Mulholland and more!

Portland:

MLS MVP? Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri sets loftier goals | MLSsoccer.com
Chants of "MVP" cascaded throughout Providence Park when Diego Valeri was presented with his log slabs following the Timbers 3-0 defeat of Orlando City SC Sunday night.

Valeri scores two more to lead Timbers in thumping of Orlando City

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Diego Valeri's scoring streak has the Portland Timbers rolling.

The Argentinian star scored two more goals on Sunday evening, extending his MLS-record streak to nine consecutive games with a goal in a 3-0 beating of Orlando City. Valeri's goal saw the midfielder take over the lead in the Golden Boot race while the win pushed the Timbers back into second in the Western Conference.

Around The Forest: Timbers to begin construction on expansion after the season

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Sporting Kansas City take home USOC, Columbus Crew - the best team you're not watching? And more!

Portland:

Daughters in Portland Timbers family find inspiration close to home with the Portland Thorns | OregonLive.com
Connie Valeri gleefully sprinted onto the field at Providence Park to give her dad, Diego Valeri, a high five shortly after the Portland Timbers picked up an important home win against the Colorado Rapids in late August.

How to break a record, Diego Valeri style

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Records were made to be broken and in 2017 Diego Valeri has taken that to heart. First becoming the Portland Timbers' all-time leading goalscorer, then the Timbers' leading all-time single-season goalscorer, and finally breaking the Major League Soccer record for consecutive games with a goal in Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake.

Around The Forest: Diego Valeri sets MLS record for consecutive goals

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Playoff probabilities are here, LA Galaxy growing their own food, NASL make last ditch attempt to make D2 and much more!

Portland:

#StatMan Three | Valeri puts his name in MLS record book | Portland Timbers
Playing a third consecutive road match, the Portland Timbers fell to Real Salt Lake, 2-1, Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

MLS Awards season is just over a month away

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The major awards have some clear leaders.

It's not that I've locked in my votes yet. We are still over a month away from the voting period, but there are certain MLS awards where there are clear leaders. There is also a single team that is so good that it will flood the Best XI without winning an individual award.

Diego Valeri Scores Again, but Portland Timbers Fall 2-1 to Real Salt Lake

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The Portland Timbers came close but in the end could not sneak a point out of Rio Tinto Stadium as they lost 2-1 to Real Salt Lake. Despite Diego Valeri scoring for the MLS record eighth game in a row, the Timbers defense was unable to contain the individual skill of the RSL front line and they paid the price for it.

WATCH: Diego Valeri sets MLS record with his head!

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Valeri sets a record and ties it up at one..

The moment when #8 scored in his 8th straight match.
Congrats on making history, @DiegoDv8. #RCTID pic.twitter.com/7FpB5RhupH

— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) September 17, 2017

The Timbers tie up the score with a beautiful cross from Dairon Asprilla, where Diego Valeri nods it home!

Storylines: Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers

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The Timbers continue the march to the playoffs with a stop in Sandy, Utah.

The Story So Far

The Timbers continued to roll as they beat New York City FC 1-0 in Yankee Stadium over the weekend. Diego Valeri continued his tear, scoring his 7th goal in as many matches, tying a Major League Soccer record.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 27

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MLS was back with a full slate of matches this weekend as we learned the first playoff team of the year and saw a couple late goals.

Nemanja Nikolic finally scored again for Chicago Fire, but his goal was cancelled out by Bradley Wright-Phillips as New York Red Bulls earn a 1-1 home draw. (READ)

Toronto FC became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a domination 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, complete with a pair of goals from Jozy Altidore.

After tying MLS record, Diego Valeri looking to fire Timbers towards playoffs

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Diego Valeri has been a number of things throughout his time with the Portland Timbers. He's been a creator and a playmaker that's guided the team for several years. He's been a leader and a champion, marking himself as probably the franchise's most vital player throughout its MLS run.

Diego Valeri Scores Again in 1-0 Portland Timbers Win Over New York City FC

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The Portland Timbers gutted out their fourth road win of the year on Saturday, beating New York City FC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium.

After sustained pressure from New York to start the match, the Timbers were able to rattle off a couple of quick chances late in the first half, coming close through a Roy Miller header in the 41st minute and a series of half chances in the moments after.

Diego Valeri scores in seventh straight to lead Timbers past NYCFC

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The Portland Timbers remain very much in the hunt in the Western Conference, and they furthered their case on Saturday thanks to yet another goal from Diego Valeri.

The Argentinian star fired a goal in his seventh consecutive match, leading the Timbers to a 1-0 winner over NYCFC at Yankee Stadium.

Around The Forest: Host Cities make their bid for the 2026 World Cup

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Chara and Valeri leading the way, Coutinho still not in the squad, LAFC drop more renderings and more!

Portland:

Quick Strikes | Diego Chara, Diego Valeri both near top of league's stat charts | Portland Timbers
For the last time this season, the Portland Timbers will head to the East Coast as the club will take on New York City FC on Saturday at Yankee Stadium (2:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).

Timbers earn draw with Sounders through Diego Valeri equalizer

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SEATTLE In the 99th all-time meeting in a rivalry that has spanned myriad leagues and parts of five decades, the Portland Timbers escaped the Emerald City with a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders in front of 51,797 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night.

Storylines: Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers

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Timbers look to end the Sounders' 10 match unbeaten run on Sunday

The Story So Far

The Timbers made it two in a row as they downed the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday and currently sit second in the West behind the Seattle Sounders. Goals by (now) All-Time Timbers Goal Leader Diego Valeri and a wonderful goal inside the 18 by Darlington Nagbe helped seal the win.

Diego Valeri, Darlington Nagbe shine to lead Timbers past Rapids

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In need of a win to remain in the thick of the Western Conference race, the Portland Timbers' two stars stepped up.

Diego Valeri provided a goal in the fifth straight match while Darlington Nagbe scored a stunner of his own to lead the Timbers to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.

Portland Timbers keep it close in 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids

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The Portland Timbers took all three points in unnecessarily unnerving fashion in tonight's 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids, riding two first half goals to victory but letting the Rapids back into the match with the team's usual sloppy play on the back line.

The Timbers struck first and second, notching a pair of quick goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes as they worked the ball around and through a Rapids lineup that started the match dedicated to keeping ten men behind the ball.

WATCH: Diego Valeri opens the scoring for the Portland Timbers

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Goal #52!

Valeri! 1-0! pic.twitter.com/IsNfGpoJrC

— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) August 24, 2017

Diego Valeri the Portland Timbers all time leading scorer opens the night with a beautiful headed goal on a cross from Vytas. The Timbers have taken control of this match with a 1-0 Lead.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 24

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Late-game heroics was the theme of Week 24, as there were plenty of meaningful goals scored in the closing stages of MLS matches.

Diego Valeri tied the Portland Timbers scoring record in the club's win over the New York Red Bulls. (READ)

Ignacio Piatti shined bright once again in Montreal's win over Real Salt Lake.

Storylines: Portland Timbers vs New York Red Bulls

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The Timbers look to take three points from the visiting Red Bulls.

The Story So Far

The Timbers traveled to Toronto, where the wheels fell off in spectacular fashion - sending the Green and Gold back to the pacific northwest with something to think about. The less we rehash the better, though on the brightside Diego Valeri notched his 50th goal with the club.

Storylines: Toronto FC vs Portland Timbers

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The Timbers head back to the Great White North, this time to Toronto.

The Story So Far

The Timbers did everyone a solid by spanking the LA Galaxy at home and picking up a much needed three points, thanks to goals from Diego Valeri, Liam Ridgewell and Alvas Powell. It was a happy day in Soccer City USA.

Around The Forest: Christian Pulisic scores goal to open the Bundesliga

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VAR makes it debut, David Accam staying in Chicago? Chelsea lose to Arsenal in Community Shield and more!

Portland:

Diego Valeri's dreams, on and off the field, have come true in Portland - ESPN FC
Diego Valeri stands barefoot on the terrace overlooking the backyard and surveys his domain.

Around The Forest: La Liga refuses cash from PSG for Barcelona’s Neymar

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See where in the top ten players Diego Valeri lands, Alexi Lalas talks MLS and more.

Portland:

MLS WORKS awards Embrace Oregon 2017 Community MVP grand prize | MLSsoccer.com
MLS WORKS announced during halftime of the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on Wednesday the 2017 MLS WORKS Community MVP, Keith Palau.

Around The Forest: PSG will pay Neymar’s €222m release clause

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Diego Valeri makes team of the week, what does David Villa really think about Real Madrid? And more!

Portland:

Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri earns place in MLS Team of the Week (Wk 21) | Portland Timbers
On the road in Houston on Saturday, Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri put on quite a show.

Major League Soccer

Diego Valeri and 52 runner-ups on MLS MVP ballot

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Valeri awaits confirmation as MLS MVP

It's that time a year again: Award Season.

Today the list of MVP candidates were released. Each team is allowed to nominate at the most three players and this year there are 53 total names on the MVP list; or as it's really known as the Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player Award.

Around The Forest: Diego Valeri making the case for MVP

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Portland:

The MLS Wrap: Diego Valeri making MVP case | Goal.com
Major League Soccer's MVP race has felt like a foregone conclusion for some time. David Villa has been putting together a season even better than he had in 2016 when he won MVP honors, and with New York City FC looking like a serious title contender, it was tough to see anyone posing a real threat to Villa winning the award again.

MLS Week 24: Another win for Montreal, Chicago’s problems grow

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Week 24 of the 2017 MLS season started with the New York Red Bulls falling flat in a 2-0 loss at Portland on Friday night. The Red Bulls played at Cincinnati in the US Open Cup on Wednesday. Diego Valeri put Portland up in the 65th and assisted on Darren Mattocks's goal six minutes into stoppage time.

The Rest

WATCH: Alvas Powell with a dope goal making it 2-0

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BOOM!

Powell makes it 2-0 Portland! pic.twitter.com/tVbK1148AU

— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) October 16, 2017

It's starts with a switch in play from Diego Valeri out to Alvas Powell who does some skillful work to create space and strike a wonderful goal past Steve Clark.

WATCH: Soon to be MVP Diego Valeri knocks home a PK

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That's 21 now for the midfielder!

hey Portland got a penalty and Valeri scored it. 1-0 PDX. pic.twitter.com/xGoGXpKFFk

— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) October 16, 2017

Diego Valeri stepped up to the spot after Darren Mattocks had been brought down in the box by D.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/13/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Quick Hits from Jim Curtin's Press Scrum
A few thoughts from Coach Curtin.

Bedoya: Tuesday night in Trinidad & Tobago ‘freaking sucked'
Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya got emotional Thursday talking about the U.

WATCH: Diego Valeri makes NYCFC pay

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Mattocks with the assist! Portland up 1-0

Pirlo w/ a terrible giveaway and Valeri punishes them. 1-0 Portland! pic.twitter.com/gxdfI2EZFt

— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) September 9, 2017

Darren Mattocks jumps on a Pirlo mistake takes it towards the box, centering a pass for Diego Valeri which has now tied a MLS record of six straight matches with a goal.

WATCH: Darlington Nagbe hits the goal of the year, maybe millennium

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With the Goal the Timbers go 2-0 up!

Just GORGEOUS from Nagbe. 2-0 Portland! pic.twitter.com/ETQZkITeKH

— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) August 24, 2017

After watching Diego Valeri just score minutes before, Darlington Nagbe decided to try and one up the Timbers All-Time Leading scorer Diego Valeri.

Rose City Forecast 26: PTFC vs NYRB

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Last week, after a fairly decent first half, the Timbers went straight off the rails around the 60th minute and fell to Toronto by a score of 4-1. TFC got two goals from Justin Morrow, a goal from Marco Delgado, and another from Victor Vazquez in a space of 30 minutes, while the Timbers' lone goal came as a consolation from Diego Valeri in the last few minutes of the match.