Valeri was originally at the club on loan from Lanús.
The Portland Timbers have signed midfielder Diego Valeri on a multiyear contract, the Timbers have revealed on their website.
Valeri was originally brought to the club on loan in January, but after impressing in his time at the club, the designated player has been signed up on a permanent contract. In accordance with MLS and club policy, the terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The three-time Argentina international has scored four goals and made eight assists in 2013, playing 20 of the 22 regular-season matches and was named on the inactive roster for the MLS All-Stars this season. He was named three times in the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week.
Prior to arriving in Portland, Valeri had played nine seasons with Lanús (2003-09; 2011-12), featuring in 158 matches and recording 25 goals in Argentina’s Primera División, also serving as the club’s captain. He helped Lanús to its first Primera División title in 2007.
In 2009 Valeri went to Portuguese champions Porto, for whom he made 12 appearances, and won the Portuguese Cup. He then went out on loan to UD Almería in La Liga before returning to captain Lanús to finish sub-champions of 2011 Clausura behind Vélez Sarsfield.
Take a look at some of Valeri’s goals and assists this season: