The Portland Timbers recently announced their winners in the club awards for the 2017 season, with a total of eight awards handed out. It should be to no one's surprise that Diego Valeri was the man of the night.
He picked up four awards in total: Player’s Player Of The Year, Supporters Player Of The Year, the Golden Boot, and Community MVP. Whew, that’s a lot of hardware and honestly, if there’s one guy that deserves it it’s Valeri. It attests to the season he put together in 2017 which included a record goal streak and being the first MLS midfielder to score over twenty goals in a season.
Diego Valeri didn’t have all the fun, other players got in on the award action.
Surprising no one, Defender Of The Year went to Diego Chara; this is the second straight season he’s won the award. Chara had a team-high 101 tackles in 29 games which was also good for fifth in MLS.
Darlington Nagbe won Play Of The Year for his goal against the Colorado Rapids in August at Providence Park. When he has his shooting boots on, nothing is impossible when it comes to Nagbe.
Here it is to refresh your memory.
The Unsung Player award went to Roy Miller. In his first season with the Timbers, he appeared in 26 matches (all starts). He was in the top ten on the team for appearances and picked up his first MLS goal on April 8th against the Philadelphia Union.
Youngster Jeremy Ebobisse was given the Up And Coming Player award. The 20-year-old striker played his first season with the Timbers, after being the 4th overall pick in the 2017 MLS Superdraft. He played 316 minutes in 14 appearances, 2 of which were starts, and picked up a goal and 3 assists in the process.
Don’t forget that on Monday Major League Soccer will announce who has won the Landon Donovan MLS MVP award.