PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that the club has purchased the contract of midfielder and Designated Player Diego Valeri from Argentine side Club Atlético Lanús and has signed him to a new multiyear contract. Valeri was originally acquired by the Timbers on loan from Lanús in January. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
In 2013, Valeri, 27, is one of the club’s leading scorers, with four goals and eight assists while playing in 20 of the team’s 22 regular-season matches, and was named an MLS All-Star in his first season with Portland. He ranks among league leaders in assists and has already matched the Timbers MLS record for assists in a single season. Valeri’s three multi-assist matches leads MLS and he is a three-time selection to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week.
Prior to arriving in Portland, Valeri, a native of Lanús, Argentina, had played nine seasons with Lanús (2003-09; 2011-12), featuring in 158 matches and recording 25 goals in Argentina’s Primera División, and serving as the club’s captain. He helped Lanús to its first Primera División title in 2007. Additionally, Valeri spent one season with FC Porto of Portugal in 2009-10 and also had a loan spell with Spain’s UD Almería during the 2010-11 La Liga campaign. He has three caps with the Argentina National Team.
Born: May 1, 1986, in Valentín Alsina, Argentina
Hometown: Lanús, Argentina
Last Club: Club Atlético Lanús
Acquired: Contract purchased from Club Atlético Lanús and signed to a new multiyear contract.