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Transaction Tales: Which MLS Teams Made the Right Moves Ahead of the 2013 Regular Season?

By Robert Jonas




PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 23: Diego Valeri #8 of the Portland Timbers dribbles the ball during the second half of the game against AIK at Jeld-Wen Field on February 23, 2013 in Portland, Oregon
PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 23: Diego Valeri #8 of the Portland Timbers dribbles the ball during the second half of the game against AIK at Jeld-Wen Field on February 23, 2013 in Portland, Oregon

When Timbers owner Merritt Paulson turned over the keys to MLS debutante Caleb Porter as his new head coach, the first question asked of the former Akron Zips mastermind was who would he install as his #10? The answer came soon enough with the loan of Argentine playmaker Diego Valeri to Portland. Not especially known on the international level, he has played nearly his entire career in his homeland, Valeri looked right at home in the central midfield for the Timbers ever since the start of the preseason. If the 26-year old Designated Player can stay healthy, and his teammates adapt to his fluid style of passing and creating, then Portland may finally earn their first trip to the MLS playoffs.