ACQUIRED: Transfer from San Lorenzo on 02/02/17
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, 28, 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.