Designated Player Diego Valeri joins the Timbers from Argentina’s Club Atlético Lanús. He has played more than 150 matches and recorded 25 goals in Argentina’s Primera División since making his professional debut in 2003. He helped Lanús to its first Primera División title in 2007 (Apertura) and has competed in both the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana tournaments. Valeri, who has three caps with the Argentina National Team, spent the 2009-10 season with Portuguese side FC Porto and played in the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League and had a loan spell in Spain’s La Liga with UD Almería.
ACQUIRED: Contract purchased from Argentina’s Club Atlético Lanús and signed to a multiyear contract Aug. 6, 2013; first joined the club on loan as a Designated Player from Lanús on Jan. 10, 2013.
2014: Started each of the first eight matches of the regular season ... Ranks among MLS leaders in shots on goal (9) ... Tallied his first goal of the season April 5, helping the club to a 4-4 draw against Seattle at Providence Park ... His goal in the 14th minute against Seattle was nominated for MLS Goal of the Week for Week 5 ... Has attempted four or more shots in three of the club's first seven games of the regular season.
2013: Played in 31 games (28 starts) during the regular season - his first in Portland and in MLS - and finished as the club's Golden Boot winner with 10 goals and a league-best 13 assists ... Became the first Timbers MLS player to record double-digit totals in goals and assists, set the club's MLS record for goals, assists and points (33) in a single season ... At season's end was selected to the 2013 MLS Best XI and the league's Newcomer of the Year ... Named an MLS All-Star through a vote of MLS players and was selected to the inactive roster for the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game ... Was a seven-time selection to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week in Weeks 1, 11, 15, 25, 26, 30 and 35 ... Matched a Timbers MLS club record by registering an assist in four consecutive games July 27-Aug. 21, which also tied for the longest streak of consecutive games with an assist in MLS in 2013 ... Directly factored in on nine straight goals (2 goals, 7 assists) across all competitions for the Timbers from July 13-Aug. 21 ... Logged four multi-assist performances during the regular season ... Recorded a club-record five points, with two goals and one assist, on Oct. 26 as part of a 5-0 win against Chivas USA ... Recorded the Timbers' 100th assist as an MLS club as part of a 2-1 win against the LA Galaxy on July 13 at JELD-WEN Field ... Became the fourth player in Timbers MLS history to score in his debut game, tallying a goal March 3 in the season opener vs. New York ... His first MLS goal was named the MLS Goal of the Week, the first of four Goal of the Week honors won during the regular season ... His debut goal against New York was also one of four finalists for MLS Goal of the Year ... Played in three matches during the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, helping the club reach the semifinals – its deepest run in the U.S. Open Cup in club history ... Scored the go-ahead goal for the Timbers in a 3-2 road win against FC Dallas on June 26 in the quarterfinal, and scored the club's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake in the semifinal Aug. 7 ... His two goals in U.S. Open Cup play were second-most on the team ... Started all four of the club's matches in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs ... Scored a goal in the 44th minute of a 3-2 win against Seattle Sounders FC in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals on Nov. 7 at JELD-WEN Field.
2012-13: Appeared in 16 league matches for Club Atlético Lanús, scoring two goals during the Inicial phase of Argentina’s Primera División … Tallied in the 87th minute of a 2-0 win over Boca Juniors on Sept. 23 … Scored in a 2-1 victory against San Martín on Nov. 15, finding the back of the net in the 32nd minute … Lanús finished the tournament in fourth place with a 10-5-4 (34pts) record.
2011-12: Played in 28 matches during the season for Lanús … Scored three goals during the Apertura campaign … Logged 75 minutes in the club’s First Stage match of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana against Godoy Cruz on Sept. 7, 2011 … Also played in all eight of the club’s games during the 2012 Copa Libertadores … Scored a goal in a 6-0 victory over Olimpia on April 3, 2012 … Lanús reached the Round of 16 before falling in a penalty-kick shootout to Brazil’s Vasco da Gama.
2010-11: Opened the season on loan to Spanish side UD Almería and played in nine La Liga matches … Returned to Argentina and captained Lanús to a second-place finish in the Clausura tournament with a record of 10-4-5 (35pts) … Started all 18 of his Primera División appearances and matched a career-best with eight goals … Notched four goals in three matches Feb. 14-26, 2011, including a brace in a 2-1 win over Quilmes on Feb. 26 … Tallied in consecutive matches leading to wins over Huracán (3-0) on May 30 and Independiente (2-1) on June 6.
2009-10: Spent the season with top-flight Portuguese club FC Porto … Made 12 league appearances (2 starts) in Portugal’s La Liga, contributing to a third-place finish in the table … Appeared in two UEFA Champions League fixtures, both group matches against Spain’s Atlético Madrid … Was a 90th-minute substitute in a 2-0 win on Sept. 30, 2009, and started in a 3-0 victory Dec. 8, 2009.
2008-09: Appeared in 27 league games for Lanús in the Primera División, registering two goals … Scored the opening goal of a 2-1 win over Colón SF on March 14, 2009 … Contributed to a 5-1 victory over Independiente April 5, 2009, with a goal in the 12th minute … Played in four matches during the 2009 Copa Libertadores, recording one assist.
2007-08: Had a breakout season, scoring eight goals in 26 matches during league play for Lanús … Aided in Lanús winning its first Primera División championship with a first-place finish in the Apertura tournament at 11-3-5 (38pts) … Recorded one goal and three assists over nine matches during the 2008 Copa Libertadores as Lanús reached the Round of 16 against Mexico’s Atlas … Lanús was the only club to go unbeaten (2-0-4) during the group stage of 2008 tournament.
2006-07: Started 14 of his 20 league appearances for Lanús, his fourth season with the club … Appeared in all four of the club’s matches during the 2007 Copa Sudamericana, playing 336 minutes and recording an assist as Lanús reach the tournament’s Round of 16.
2005-06: Made just seven league appearances during the season for Lanús … Scored his lone goal of the season Nov. 20, 2005, tallying the third goal of a 3-0 win over Colón SF … Also saw action in four of the club’s six matches during the 2006 Copa Sudamericana, scoring one goal … Lanús reached the tournament’s quarterfinal against Mexican club Pachuca.
2004-05: Played in 13 league matches for Lanús and scored his first professional goal.
2003-04: Began his professional career with his hometown club, Lanús, after spending time in its development system … Made his professional debut Sept. 27, 2003, at the age of 18 in a draw against Vélez Sarsfield and finished the season having played in three matches – all as a substitute.
INTERNATIONAL: Has three caps (all starts) with the Argentina National Team … Earned his first cap March 16, 2011, playing the full 90 of a 4-1 victory in a friendly against Venezuela … Started and played 90 minutes of a friendly against Ecuador on April 20, 2011, which finished in a 2-2 draw … Featured in a 4-2 win over Paraguay on May 25, 2011, helping Argentina win the Copa Chaco – a friendly competition.