After leading the Timbers to its first MLS Cup title last year, Valeri has continued to dazzle in his fourth season in MLS. In one of the biggest rivalry games of the year on Sunday, the Argentine recorded a brace to lead Portland to a 3-1 victory over storied rival Seattle Sounders FC at Providence Park. The midfield maestro has totaled nine goals and five assists this season, tied for the second highest combined total in the league. Portland currently sits sixth in the Western Conference standings (29 points, 7-6-8), and is riding a nine-game unbeaten streak.
The 2015 MLS Cup MVP completed his brace early in the second half with a stunning effort, as Valeri found himself at a difficult angle near the end line, only to send an astonishing shot off far post and into the back of the net to give Portland a 2-0 advantage in the 50th minute (Watch Goal). The goal is one of eight nominated for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week.
Portland next hosts LA Galaxy at Providence Park on Saturday, July 23 (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes).