Diego Valeri

Portland Timbers legend Diego Valeri teases retirement with goodbye letter to boyhood club Lanús

It appears that El Maestro is calling it a career. At 36 years old, Portland Timbers legend Diego Valeri announced he was leaving Argentine club Lanús in a letter posted to his social media accounts on Thursday. The emotional farewell letter effectively announces Valeri’s retirement from professional soccer, but doesn’t go so far as to confirm it outright.
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Diego Valeri changed The Portland Timbers and Major League Soccer

Timbers icon returns to his hometown team in Argentina after nine seasons as a soccer beacon for Portland.It took maybe two seconds, a juggling act in traffic: Left foot-right foot-chest-outside of right foot … goal. That is the way Diego Valeri, dancing past flat-footed New York Red Bulls, introduced himself to the Portland Timbers and their fans. It was March 3, 2013. I had ventured from the press box that afternoon to sit near the Timbers Army. The goal was scored at the south end of then Jeld-Wen Field, so it took watching the replay to understand the sequence that...

Portland Timbers transfer club legend Diego Valeri to Club Atlético Lanús

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers and club legend Diego Valeri have mutually agreed on the midfielder’s transfer to his boyhood club in Argentina, Club Atlético Lanús, both teams announced today. The Timbers legend departs the club after a stellar nine-year career with Portland. In conjunction...
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"He Was Too Good to be True": Diego Valeri Says Goodbye to Portland

We’ll start with a soccer story. Diego Valeri’s nine years in Portland were about much more than soccer, but this goal in March, 2013, all the way back at the beginning, is as natural an entry point as any. It was one of the first signs that Valeri was about to change the trajectory of Timbers soccer forever—that the club’s history was going to someday be divisible by "Before and After" Valeri eras.

Diego Valeri included in Portland Timbers' roster ahead of the 2022 season

PORTLAND, Ore. — Diego Valeri was listed on the Portland Timbers' roster for the 2022 season. Valeri was with the Timbers when they won the MLS Cup in 2015. On Saturday, he came in as a sub in the 89th minute of the MLS Cup final vs. New York City FC. The Timbers ended up losing to NYCFC after a shootout.

Diego Valeri and Portland Timbers miss out on fairy-tale end to MLS season

PORTLAND, Ore. -- When fans started lining up outside Providence Park on Monday, five days before the Timbers were set to host their first MLS Cup, their rationale boiled down to something simple: They wanted to experience history. Portland has billed itself as Soccer City USA for decades and the opportunities to show why -- on an elevated stage -- have been few and far between. Here was their chance.

MLS Cup loss could mark end of Diego Valeri era with Portland Timbers

In the aftermath of a heartbreaking MLS Cup loss to New York City FC in penalties Saturday, Diego Valeri stood alone near midfield. The all-time great Portland Timbers attacking midfielder occasionally engaged with supportive teammates, but otherwise he appeared to be pacing in reflective solitude. There was plenty to reflect...