Diego Valeri scored two goals and assisted on one against San Jose. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri Monday was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week for the 12th week of the season.
Valeri powered Portland to a 6-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday with two goals and an assist, the ninth regular season multi-goal performance of his MLS career. He has six goals and five assists in the 2020 regular season, each tied for sixth-most in the league, while his combined 11 goals and assists are tied for fifth-most. Portland is tied for fourth in the Western Conference standings with 18 points (5-4-3).
Portland took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute when Valeri finished a penalty kick with a right-footed shot to the bottom left corner (watch goal). Valeri scored his second goal of the match in the 57th minute to give the Timbers a 2-1 advantage. Diego Chara sent a pass to the top of the box, as Valeri found the ball and fired a right-footed shot that pinged off two San Jose defenders into the back of the net (watch goal).
The Argentine registered an assist in the 85th minute to increase Portland’s lead to 5-1 when he sent a corner kick into the box, where Julio Cascante finished with a header (watch goal).
Portland continues action this week Wednesday when hosting Seattle Sounders FC (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+), before facing Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday at Providence Park (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ /TSN2).
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season through media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.