Diego Valeri: End of an era in MLS and Portland Timbers for the best Argentinian player in the history of the league

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Diego Valeri is set to return to the Lanus Boyhood Club in 2022, ending a nine-year career in MLS, making him perhaps the biggest import in MLS history and the best ever. player never disconnected from Argentina.

Portland Woods midfielder Diego Valeri
© Photo by Diego Diaz / Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesPortland Woods midfielder Diego Valeri

Everything comes to an end and according to various reports from the United States and Argentina, Diego ValeriThe time with the Portland Timbers is coming to an end. Valeri, 35, leaves behind a legacy not only in Portland but throughout MLS.

Valeri arrived in the league in 2013, after a successful career in Argentina and less successful stints in Europe. MLS would provide new ground for the Argentine, which has become familiar thanks to Guillermo Barros Schelotto who helped expose the league at home. Valeri was a new wave of foreign MLS import: younger, better, more expensive, and betting on names you might not have heard of.

The Valeri experiment worked wonderfully, and the Argentine had some of the most impressive numbers of any foreign and domestic player in league history: 262 games with 91 assists and 86 goals. The word legend is an understatement. Diego Valeri is quite simply Argentina’s biggest import into MLS and frankly one of the best signed players in MLS history.

What does Diego Valeri leave?

When it comes to football, Valeri leaves behind the Portland Timbers’ rise from the basement expansion team to a contender, becoming a club idol and the rock around which the team has been built for so long. years. Valeri in his 9 seasons would be lead the Timbers to 1 MLS Cup in 2015, 1 MLS is Back tournament in 2020, and would also play in 2 MLS Cup losses to Atlanta United and NYCFC. On a personal note, Valeri is among the most accomplished players in league history: 2013 Newcomer of the Year, 2015 MLS Cup MVP, 2017 Landon Donovan MVP Award, MLS Best XI: 2013 , 2014, 2017, MLS All-Star: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018.

In all aspects of his MLS career, Valeri was a cut above the rest, he took root in the city of Portland, giving 20 minute interviews in English, and his charity work whatsoever with his family. or with the club is all an MLS executive, the club and the supporters want out of their big signings. For Diego Valeri it was never about a photoshoot, it was just who he is, a generous person. A man who made no secret of the importance of his faith, Valeri often gave interviews in English and Spanish about the role of his faith in his professional and personal life.

One of the most visible levels of support was he and his daughter attending Portland Thorns, sister club to the Timbers, in games supporting women’s football. Valeri, back in Argentina, gave an interview to DEPORTV to explain how sexist football can be from the inside out, especially in Argentina, and going to matches with his daughter and supporting women’s football is a step forward. before to break down the old walls.

Diego Valeri, when his transfer to Lanus becomes official, will be sorely missed, a player who on the pitch provided the quality the league badly needed and off the pitch was a quality person who at times in sport is rare.

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