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Timbers star Diego Valeri headlines Rose City Futsal panel

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A Portland Timber's player was out showing support for a smaller version of soccer that has created some of the greatest soccer players ever Friday.

Diego Valeri headlined an international panel of coaches and players at Rose City Futsal.

Futsal is a sport that is a five-on-five form of soccer that is played on hard courts with a small, heavy ball.

It has long been a way to develop soccer players in South America and Europe, but it's now getting popular in the United States, and Valeri thinks it will help younger players here.

“It's the best way to grow as a soccer player because of the size of the field, size of the ball, the connection you have with your teammates,” he said. “You need to think quicker, you need to move quicker, read situations quicker, that’s why I think it is the best way to learn when you are a kid.”

There was also a youth showcase game Friday night demonstrating how to play the game.

Valeri and the Timbers next take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in Canada Sunday.

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