HOW ACQUIRED: Contract purchased from Argentina’s Club Atlético Lanús and signed to a multiyear contract Aug. 6, 2013; first joined the club on loan as a Designated Player from Lanús on Jan. 10, 2013.
If there have been smoother, more technically inclined midfielders than Diego Valeri in MLS history, the list is decisively short. Valeri is one of the best creative attacking midfielders in MLS, pulling off moments of sublime skill and creating goals of purest silk. He'll be the focus of many teams' defensive efforts, but the 2017 league MVP should be up to the task.
INTERNATIONAL: Valeri’s made three appearances for the Argentinian senior team since making his debut in 2011, his last cap coming in 2014.
OUTSIDE MLS: Valeri established himself as one of the most dangerous midfielders in Argentina during his 10 years with Lanús from 2003-2013. In that time, he made more than 150 appearances and bagged 26 goals. In that time, he also had two brief loan stints with on the Iberian Peninsula with Porto and Almería.
NOTES: Owner of the fastest goal in MLS Cup history...2017 MLS MVP...MLS All-Star 2014, 2016, 2017...MLS Best XI in 2013, 2014 and 2017.