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Diego Valeri

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Full name  Diego Hernan Valeri
Name  Diego Valeri
Career start  2003
Years  Team
Weight  71 kg
Number  8
Height  1.78 m
Playing position  Midfielder
Role  Footballer

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Date of birth  (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth  Lanus, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Current team  Portland Timbers (#8 / Midfielder)
Awards  MLS Newcomer of the Year Award
Similar People  Darlington Nagbe, Fanendo Adi, Diego Chara, Maximiliano Urruti, Rodney Wallace

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Diego Hernán Valeri (born 1 May 1986) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Portland Timbers as an attacking midfielder. Valeri won the MLS Newcomer of the Year award in 2013 in his first season with Portland and has won the both the 2015 Conference Finals and MLS Cup.


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Club career

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Valeri started his professional career with his hometown club Lanús in 2003. He made his debut for Lanús under the direction of Miguel Ángel Brindisi on 27 September 2003 in a 1–1 draw with Vélez Sársfield. In 2007, he was part of the squad that won the 2007 Apertura tournament, Lanús' first ever top flight league title.

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On 16 July 2009, Valeri was loaned to Portuguese champion Porto, where he played one season, winning the Portuguese Cup. He then spent six months on-loan at Spanish UD Almería. In 2011, Valeri rejoined Lanús, and captained the team in their 2011 Clausura runner-up campaign.

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In January 2013, Valeri was loaned to Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer on a contract paying $400,000 annually. Portland exercised its option to buy on 6 August 2013. Valeri has been touted as a great addition to the team, as he has recorded 22 goals (one goal coming in the playoffs) and 27 assists in his first two seasons.

On 6 August 2014 Valeri was part of the Major League Soccer All-Star Team, which won against German Bundesliga title winner Bayern Munich. Valeri assisted on the game-winning goal.

In May 2015, Valeri returned in the field as a substitute in a match after being in recovery from a serious injury the previous season. On 6 December 2015, Valeri scored the fastest goal in MLS Cup history in a Portland Timbers 2–1 win over Columbus Crew at the 27 second mark after Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark miscontrolled his defender's back-pass, allowing Valeri to strike at the opportunity; his decisive performances in Portland's MLS Cup victory led him to be awarded the 2015 MLS Cup MVP Award.

On 10 August 2016, the Portland Timbers announced the signing of Valeri to a three-year extension, keeping him in Portland through the 2019 MLS season.

Valeri in the 2017 regular season had a great season in form along with accomplishments on the field. In August, Valeri became the eighteenth player in Major League Soccer to have made at least 50 goals and 50 assists. Diego also had broken the records of goals scored in consecutive matches and the most goals scored in a regular season as a Midfielder.

International career

Valeri played his first game for Argentina on 16 March 2011 in a friendly match against Venezuela, helping Argentina win 4–1.

Personal life

Valeri holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.


  • Argentine Primera División (1): 2007 Torneo Clausura
  • F.C. Porto
  • Portuguese Cup (1): 2009–10
  • Portuguese SuperCup (1): 2009
  • Portland Timbers
  • MLS Cup (1): 2015
  • Western Conference (playoffs) (1): 2015
  • Western Conference (regular season) (1): 2013
  • Individual

  • MLS Cup MVP: 2015
  • MLS Best XI: 2013, 2014
  • MLS All-Star: 2014, 2016 (Inactive), 2017
  • MLS Newcomer of the Year: 2013
  • Timbers Supporters Player of the Year: 2014
  • References

    Diego Valeri Wikipedia