The Portland Timbers announced Thursday the addition of a new designated player to the team's roster.
Diego Valeri will join the Timbers on loan from Argentina's Club Atlético Lanús. He will have to wait for his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate to clear before joining the team officially. He will then occupy an international slot on the roster.
Valeri, 26, has a lengthy history with Lanús. He played a total of nine seasons with the Argentine first-division side between 2003 and 2012, scoring a total of 25 goals in 158 matches, and leading the team to its first Primera División title in 2007.
Valeri also played one season with Portugal's FC Porto in 2009-10 and spent some time on loan with Spain's UD Almería in 2010-11.
The Timbers brand-new Head Coach Caleb Porter expects Valeri to improve the team's attack, calling him a "tremendous addition" to the team.
"We expect he will be one of the better playmakers in the league," Porter said in a team press release. "But more importantly Diego fits our identity and his play should boost production to help the club win games."
Valeri also played for Argentina's international team, making his debut in 2011 in a 4-1 win over Venezuela.
"I am very happy and this, for me, is a beautiful opportunity," Valeri said. "I always wanted to play in MLS. I'm grateful that the Portland Timbers have given me this chance."
Terms of Valeri's acquisition were not disclosed. The Designated Player rule allows clubs to sign players that would otherwise put a team over its salary cap.
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