Diego Valeri

Portland Timbers

MLS Releases Expansion Draft Protected Lists, No Keepers for PTFC

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The protected lists for the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft have been released and the Portland Timbers have left both of their starting keepers from the 2017 season exposed.

On the Timbers' protected list are Alvas Powell, Liam Ridgewell, Larrys Mabiala, Vytas Andriuškevičius, Diego Chara, David Guzman, Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco, Fanendo Adi, and Dairon Asprilla.

Around The Forest: MLS MVP Diego Valeri reflects on his journey to MLS stardom

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Portland

MLS MVP Diego Valeri reflects on his unique journey to stardom in Portland | Portland Timbers
When Diego Valeri first considered leaving Club Atletico Lanús in Argentina for the faraway destination of the Portland Timbers, he knew nothing about the club or the city.

Diego Valeri cements Timbers, MLS legacy with MVP award

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It's hard to remember a time where Diego Valeri wasn't synonymous with the Portland Timbers. Throughout his MLS career, Valeri has emerged as the premier Timber, a face for a franchise and a city with a long history and a passionate fervor for the game. Even so, it's been just five short seasons since Valeri made the move to Portland from Lanus, even if those five short seasons have been jam-packed in more ways than one.

Diego’s Biggest Fan

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Why Connie Valeri is our favorite future Thorn

At his 2017 MLS MVP award ceremony, Diego Valeri was presented with a video of some soccer heavyweights offering their congratulations, including Falcao, Kaka, Nacho Piatti, Landon Donovan, and Timbers Diego Chara, David Guzman, and Zarek Valentin, among others.

Diego Valeri named MLS MVP

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Diego Valeri's spectacular season has been rewarded with recognition as Most Valuable Player.

MLS announced on Monday that the Portland Timbers midfielder has been voted league MVP for the 2017 season. Valeri finished with an overwhelming 45 percent of the player vote, 51 percent of the club vote and 55 percent of the media vote for a total of 50.

It’s Official: Diego Valeri Named MLS Most Valuable Player

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Diego Valeri is our most valuable player.

Valeri's impact on the Portland Timbers has been undeniable since he first stepped onto the field at Providence Park five seasons ago. Pulling the strings of the Timbers attack, Valeri was already one of the most potent attacking players in the side's history, scoring 37 goals and providing 42 assists during the regular season between his debut in 2013 and the end of the 2016 season.

Around The Forest: Diego Valeri named Goal.com’s MLS MVP

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Portland

MLS Awards: Diego Valeri named Goal's MLS Most Valuable Player | Goal.com
Since he arrived in Major League Soccer in 2013, Diego Valeri has established himself as one of the league's top attacking talents, and the heart and soul of the Portland Timbers.

Valeri, Chara, and Nagbe represent Timbers on MLS top jersey sales list

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Fun with jersey numbers!

I have 5 jersey's sitting in my closet right now, though at this point - I'm missing a Portland Timbers jersey. So maybe I should cruise on over to MLSStore.com - which today released its Top 25 selling jerseys in MLS.

6.8.21

Those are special numbers for Timbers fans and they also made the Top 25.

Timbers left to wonder 'what if' after injuries derail postseason campaign

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The Portland Timbers had been battling the injury bug for quite some time. Throughout the season, the team relied on depth and the superstar heroics of Diego Valeri en route to the top overall seed in the Western Conference.

On Sunday, though, the task was simply too great for the battered Timbers, and their season ended because of it.

Portland Timbers Draw Houston Dynamo 0-0 in First Leg but Hit Hard by Injuries

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The Portland Timbers managed to escape the gnarled confines of BBVA Compass Stadium with a 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo despite three injuries forcing the side to take all of their substitutions before the 60th minute.

The Timbers came out of the gate looking sharp, nearly getting on the board in the 5th minute thanks to a narrowly missed chance from Darlington Nagbe.

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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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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Photo by Troy Wayrynen/USA TODAY Sports

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.

David Villa

Giovinco, Almiron, Valeri headline MLS Best XI

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With MLS Cup right around the corner, the league has announced the 11 players that make up the 2017 Best XI.

Sebastian Giovinco, Miguel Almiron and Diego Valeri headline the MLS Best XI determined by media, MLS players and MLS technical staff. Toronto FC leads the way with three representatives as Giovinco is joined by Justin Morrow and Victor Vasquez while Atlanta United and Sporting KC each see two players named to the squad.

Some Soccer News for Nov 10, 2017

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It's Day 314 of 2017.


Stefano Pinho of Miami named winner of NASL Golden Ball
-Huge congrats to him.

dN

NASL Final on Sunday, and USL Final on Monday.
(see below for details)

dN

du Nord Futbol's 2017 MLS Awards:

MVP: Diego Valeri

Newcomer: Josef Martinez

Rookie: Julian Gressel

Coach: Veljko Paunovic

Best 11:
  • G (1) Tim Melia
  • D (4) Tyler Adams, Roman Torres, Ike Opara, Justin Morrow
  • M (4) Diego Valeri, Michael Bradley, Romain Alessandrini, Victor Vazquez
  • F (2) David Villa, Josef Martinez

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I was the guest on a podcast this week, talking MNUFC and many other hot topics, hosted by two slightly askew guys - The Dave's I Know.

Some Soccer News for Nov 9, 2017

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It's Day 313 of 2017.


du Nord Futbol's 2017 MLS Awards:

MVP: Diego Valeri

Newcomer: Josef Martinez

Rookie: Julian Gressel

Coach: Veljko Paunovic

Best 11:
  • G (1) Tim Melia
  • D (4) Tyler Adams, Roman Torres, Ike Opara, Justin Morrow
  • M (4) Diego Valeri, Michael Bradley, Romain Alessandrini, Victor Vazquez
  • F (2) David Villa, Josef Martinez

dN

I made a podcast appearance with two slightly twisted guys last night - The Dave's I know.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/13/17

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No bad lucks with these links

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.

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.

Nemanja Nikolic

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.

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.

The Rest

Timbers and Thorns nominated for CONCACAF honors

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Several Portland players are in contention for the Fifth Annual CONCACAF honors, including Player of the Year and Best XI selections, and the CONCACAF website is open for Timbers and Thorns fans to vote for their choices.

From the Timbers, Diego Valeri and David Guzman have been nominated for inclusion in the Best XI.

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.

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.