Diego Valeri starts on bench for Portland Timbers against Real Salt Lake in MLS Playoffs

Diego Valeri, the Portland Timbers‘ all-time leader in both goals and assists, will start from the bench against Real Salt Lake in Round One of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night. 

Valeri, who missed the final two games of the regular season with a calf injury, had been declared fit by coach Giovanni Savarese earlier this week but failed to make the starting lineup.

“He’s training fully,” Savarese said Wednesday, via The Oregonian. “He will be available for this weekend.”

Valeri finished the 2019 regular season, his seventh with the club, with eight goals and 16 assists in 31 appearances. With Valeri on the bench, Portland will start with an attacking trio of Sebastian Blanco, Jeremy Ebobissie and Dairon Asprilla.

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