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First reported by ESPN's Taylor Twellman during Sunday's broadcast of the Timbers' 0-0 draw against Minnesota United FC, Valeri and the club have not been able to reach an agreement over a new contract, as Valeri's current deal has only a team option for 2020. The Athletic's Sam Stejskal adds that the Timbers are reluctant to guarantee one of three Designated Player spots to a player who will turn 34 next season.
To be clear, this is primarily a DP scarcity issue for Portland. They don't want to guarantee one of those three spots to a player who's going to turn 34 next May. Valeri feels like he's earned that status. And so here we are. We'll see how it shakes out.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) September 24, 2019
Valeri, 33, is a club legend, joining the Timbers in 2013. One of the league's most accomplished attackers, Valeri has 76 goals and 81 assists in 210 regular season appearances, one of just six players in league history with at least 75 goals and assists.
He helped lead the team to an MLS Cup triumph in 2015, was named 2017 Landon Donovan MLS MVP and led the team to MLS Cup final last season.
This season, Valeri has eight goals and 16 assists in 30 appearances.