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Diego Hernán Valeri is an Argentine footballer who bets Portland Timbers as a playmaking 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.
Valeri began his professional career with his home town club Lanús in 2003. He made his debut for Lanús under the instructions of Miguel Ángel Brindisi on 27 September 2003 in a 1– 1 draw with Vélez Sársfield. In 2007, he became part of the squad that won the 2007 Apertura competition, Lanús’ first ever top flight league title.
On 16 July 2009, Valeri was loaned to Portuguese champion Porto, where he played one season, winning the Portuguese Cup. He then spent 6 months on-loan at Spanish UD Almería. In 2011, Valeri rejoined Lanús, and captained the team in their 2011 Clausura runner-up campaign.
In January 2013, Valeri was loaned to Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer on a contract paying $400,000 every year. Portland exercised its option to buy on 6 August 2013. Valeri has been touted as a terrific addition to the team, as he has actually recorded 22 goals (one goal being available in the playoffs) and 27 assists in his first two seasons.
On 6 August 2014 Valeri belonged to the Major League Soccer All-Star Team, which won versus German Bundesliga title winner Bayern Munich. Valeri assisted on the game-winning goal.
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, permitting Valeri to strike at the opportunity; his definitive performances in Portland’s MLS Cup victory led him to be granted 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.