Bad News came out of Portland Timbers training this morning as Caleb Porter alerted the press to a yellow card that was presented to Diego Valeri in last Sunday's 5-2 win over the LA Galaxy, causing the Timbers' designated player to miss this Sunday's final regular season match against the Colorado Rapids due to yellow card accumulation.
UPDATE: MLS has added the yellow card to the boxscore for the match. It is listed as being for "time wasting".
, which does not appear on the box score or in the match's Opta data, was given in the 80th minute when Valeri kicked away the ball following a whistle from referee Alan Kelly. The whistle came after both Robbie Keane and Giovanni Dos Santos went down on the edge of the Timber's box and got into a protracted argument with Kelly after he called Keane offside, rather than awarding a free kick or penalty to the Galaxy. The moment was most memorable for Kelly pointing to his watch as Keane continued to argue with him.
The card is listed on the referee's report, Porter told the press, and was remarked on by the Galaxy radio broadcast of the match, although it was missed on the FOX Sports 1 broadcast.
Missing Valeri will test the Timbers depth in the midfield following the team's successful implementation of the single pivot midfield in their last two match, which required significant defensive contributions from Valeri and Darlington Nagbe ahead of Diego Chara. Adding to the trouble caused by Valeri's suspension is the questionable status of Jack Jewsbury and Will Johnson, both of whom are working their way back from injury but are still up in the air as to whether they will be fit in time for this weekend's match.
Potential replacements for Valeri in the XI include George Fochive and Michael Nanchoff, but regardless of who the Timbers turn to the team will need to make some significant adaptations to make up for the missing Maestro.