ACQUIRED: Transfer from San Lorenzo on 02/02/17
2018: Made his MLS Cup debut on Dec. 8, playing 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss against Atlanta United FC … Scored his third goal of the 2018 postseason in a 3-2 win against Sporting Kansas City in the second leg of the Western Conference Championship on Nov. 29 ... Started, playing 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City on Nov. 25 ... Became the first Timbers player to score multiple playoff goals against Seattle Sounders FC, after scoring one goal in a 4-2 playoff win in penalty kicks on Nov. 8 ... Tallied his first career playoff goal in a 2-1 win against Seattle Sounders FC on Nov. 4 ... Featured 90 minutes in a 2-1 away win at FC Dallas on Oct. 31 ... Made a substitute appearance in a 2-1 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Oct. 28 ... Delivered his 10th goal and 11th assist of the season in a 3-0 win against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 21 ... Was named MLS Player of Week for Week 32 after recording a brace and an assist in a 4-1 win on the road against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 6, increasing his season total to nine goals and 10 assists in MLS play ... Started, tallying his ninth assist of 2018 in a 3-2 win over Columbus Crew SC on Sept. 19 ... Started, tallying two assists in a 2-0 win against the Colorado Rapids on Sept. 8, earning the MLS Player of the Week award for Week 28 ... Started and registered his sixth assist of 2018 in a 2-0 win against Toronto FC on Aug. 29 ... Started and played 77 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on Aug. 26 ... Tallied his fifth assist in a 4-1 loss against D.C. United on Aug. 15 ... Scored his sixth goal in a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo on July 28 ... Played 70 minutes in a 3-2 loss against LAFC in the Open Cup on July 18 ... Recorded his fourth assist in a 2-1 win over San Jose on July 7 ... Scored his sixth goal across all competitions in a 1-0 U.S. Open Cup win over the Galaxy on June 15 ... Tallied two assists for the first time in an MLS match in a 3-2 win over Colorado on May 26 ... Scored the game-winning goal (5) in a 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on May 13 ... Scored his second goal of the season in a 1-1 draw against FC Dallas on March 24 ... Scored his first goal of the season in a 2-1 loss against the Galaxy on March 4.
INTERNATIONAL: 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.
2017:Made a team-high 33 appearances (32 starts), notching eight goals and eight assists ... Recorded his eighth assist in a 2-1 win against Whitecaps FC on Oct. 22, while notching his team-leading 33rd appearance ... Scored his first MLS brace in the team’s 4-0 win against D.C. United on Oct. 15 ... Scored his sixth goal of the season against San Jose on Sept. 30 ... Logged his seventh assist of the season in a 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 23 ... Recorded his sixth assist in a 3-1 win against the Galaxy on Aug. 6 ... Scored for a second straight game, recording his fifth goal in 2017 in a 2-2 draw against Houston on July 29 ... Tallied the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win against Vancouver to notch his fourth career MLS goal, while also recording his fifth league assist ... Scored his third MLS goal in a 2-2 draw against Chicago on July 5 ... Notched his fourth assist in a 1-1 draw against Sporting KC on July 1 ... Scored his second goal of the season in the team’s 2-1 loss against Colorado on June 17 ... Tallied his third MLS assist in the team’s 2-0 win against FC Dallas on June 10 ... Started for a fourth consecutive game, playing 90 minutes in the team’s match against Montreal on May 20 ... Scored his first MLS goal in the team’s 2-2 draw against Dallas on April 29 ... Notched his second assist of the season against Crew SC on March 25 ... Recorded his first MLS assist in the team’s 5-1 win against Minnesota on March 3.
Blanco joined the Timbers after making over 200 appearances 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.