Portland Timbers midifelder Diego Valeri is the MLS Player of the week for Week 1 of the 2017 season. Valeri had two goals and an assist in Portland's 5-1 win over expansion club Minnesota United. Valeri had the second assist on Portland's 14th minute opener, heading in their second goal in the 47th. Valeri converted a penalty in the 82nd. This was his fifth two-goal game with Portland. He also scored in their opener last season.
"It’s great," Portland coach Caleb Porter said of scoring five goals. "It’s good to get it from different guys. We are still going to probably get the lion’s share from Adi and Valeri, but we need more goals and assists from the wingers. We are getting those assists and we will continue to get more of that and we will get goals out of those guys as well. It was also great to score a goal on a set piece. We worked a lot on that this week. We worked a few different plays. My staff had some great ideas on that. So they deserve a lot of the credit for that first goal. We need to find goals on set pieces."