Timbers' Diego Valeri wins 2017 MLS Most Valuable Player award

Timbers' Diego Valeri wins 2017 MLS Most Valuable Player award

04-Dec-2017 18:36:00 | Yahoo Sports

Diego Valeri was named Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player on Monday, after scoring 21 goals for the Portland Timbers in 2017. Valeri, in his fifth season in Portland, is the first Timbers player to ever win the highest individual award in MLS. The 31-year-old midfielder made headlines earlier this year by scoring in nine straight games from July to September, breaking the previous MLS record of seven. His 21 goals were third in the league behind Chicago's Nemanja Nikolic and New York City FC's David Villa, but Valeri was much more efficient, netting his tally on 93 shots, compared to 118 for Nikolic and 136 for Villa. Valeri also added 11 assists in 32 games, all starts, as Portland finished

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