ACQUIRED: Transfer from San Lorenzo on 02/02/17
2017: Started and played 90 minutes in the team’s 2-0 clean sheet win against San Jose on June 2 ... Played 71 minutes in the team’s 1-0 loss against Seattle on May 27 ... Started for a fourth consecutive game, playing 90 minutes in the team’s match against Montreal on May 20 ... Made his 11th appearance of the season in the team’s 1-1 draw against Atlanta United on May 14 ... Started and played 90 minutes in the team’s 3-0 loss against San Jose on May 6 ... Scored his first MLS goal in the team’s 2-2 draw against Dallas on April 29 ... Helped guide the team to a 2-1 win against Whitecaps FC with a substitute appearance on April 22 ... Recorded two shots against Sporting Kansas City on April 15 ... Started in the team’s 3-1 win against Philadelphia on April 8 ... Made his fifth start of the season in a 1-1 draw against New England on April 2 ... Notched his second assist of the season against Crew SC on March 25 ... Started his third straight game (March 3-18) in a 4-2 win against the Dynamo on March 18 ... Started his second straight game in a 1-0 road win against the Galaxy on March 12 ... Recorded his first MLS assist in the team’s 5-1 win against Minnesota on March 3.
Blanco, 28, joins the Timbers with over 200 matches played in the Argentine Primera División, recording 19 goals and 27 assists in 138 appearances across all competitions with Club Atlético Lanús (2006-11) and tallying 12 goals and 14 assists in 84 appearances across all competitions for San Lorenzo (2015-17).
Prior to joining the Argentine Primera División, Blanco recorded 14 goals and 10 assists in 96 appearances with former Ukrainian Premier League side FC Metalist Kharkiv (2011-14), while also spending time with English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion (2014-15).
Coming up through the development system of Lanús, Blanco helped lead the club to its first Primera División title in 2007. Additionally, Blanco started for San Lorenzo in a 4-0 win over Boca Juniors in the 2015 Supercopa Argentina Final on Feb. 10, 2016.
Most recently, Blanco made 11 appearances (10 starts) for San Lorenzo in the 2016-17 Argentine Primera División, compiling three goals and six assists in 853 minutes played.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Blanco has two caps with the Argentina National Team, making his debut with Argentina on May 20, 2009, in a 3-1 win over Panama. Blanco scored his first goal for the national team in a 4-0 win over Haiti on May 5, 2010.
Portland acquired the Right of First Refusal to Blanco from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for $75,000 of General Allocation Money.
Blanco will occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster.