Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri is expected to depart for his native Argentina, ending an accomplished nine-year run in MLS.
Valeri, who was the MLS MVP in 2017, helped the Timbers to three MLS Cup appearances, including a title in 2015. Portland played host to the 2021 MLS Cup, losing to New York City FC on penalty kicks after each team scored a goal in regulation time.
Valeri, 35, played one season at Porto in Portugal and one more at Almeria in Spain before joining the Timbers for the 2013 season. He recorded 86 goals and 91 assists in 262 games (230 starts) and had a career-best 21 goals with 11 assists in 32 games during his MVP season.
Although he still has one more season on his contract with the Timbers, Valeri is expected to join Lanus in Argentina.
"He's a player that since he came to Major League Soccer, he showed his quality," Portland head coach Giovanni Savarese said, according to mlssoccer.com. "He made this league a better league. He made the Portland Timbers be what it is. And he's shown all his quality, he's played always with so much passion and he's done a fantastic job to have been an extremely important player for this organization. He's a legend for Portland."
--Field Level Media