The Portland Timbers confirmed that their long-time Midfielder, Diego Valeri, has become the 3rd player in Major League Soccer history to obtain 80 Goals & 80 Assists. This notable accomplishment was obtained previously by Landon Donovan and Jaime Monero. However, these two men captured the record of 80 Goals & 80 Assists faster than Diego Valeri. It took Diego several years to obtain this gaol with the Portland Timbers.
The 80th career goal for Diego Valeri came against LA Galaxy at Providence Park on September 2nd. It was a controversial goal that saw referees favour LA Galaxy, prompting the Portland Timbers to lose at 3-2. Most supporters and MLS analysts believed that Diego Valeri’s goal should’ve tied the game, with LA Galaxy’s 3rd point being offside. Diego worked diligently towards obtaining a third goal to tie-up the game, which failed before the 90th-minute closed-out.
Diego Valeri is 34, one of the older footballers in Major League Soccer. He’s maintained eight appearances in the 2020 MLS Regular Season, garnering four goals & two assists in fourteen days. His pace resulted in Valeri acquiring the Portland Timbers a goal every 87-Minutes of playtime. Most analysts praise his talents and note that the Timbers wouldn’t have won the “MLS is Back Tournament” this year without Diego Valeri. It’s expected he’ll be the Major League Soccer’s MVP for 2020. It’d follow suit with Landon Donovan & Jamie Monero obtaining Most Valuable Player after achieving 80 Goals & 80 Assists.
Valeri is notably one of the better competitors throughout the 2019 & 2020 MLS Campaigns. However, his skillsets aren’t the greatest seen in Major League history. He’s ranked 18th for highest goals scored and is unlikely to reach a higher record in his older age. Diego Valeri likely has six years left in professional soccer, where he’ll have to switch over to coaching.
Lack of Fanfare
The Portland Timbers are one of the best teams in Major League Soccer. However, the Portland region hasn’t adopted the football club & it’s resulted in minimal fanfare. Most of their victories are often overshadowed by LA Galaxy, Toronto FC, the Seattle Sounders, or NYFC. After being victorious at the “MLS is Back Tournament”, Portland Timbers has gained more fanfare & could become a contender for the MLS 2020 Championship.