Twenty-Seven Seconds

15 Jun 2016 12:32 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

—by Sherrilynn "Sheba" Rawson

Twenty-seven seconds.

AP Photo/Paul Vernon

That's how long it took El Maestro to score the fastest goal in MLS Cup history.  The last notes of the national anthem had barely finished sounding at Mapfre when Diego Valeri capitalized on Steve Clark's less than stellar attempt to control a back pass and Valeri put the ball into the back of the net on the way to the Timbers' 2-1 MLS Cup victory on December 6th, 2015.

And now he has made an amazing gift to the Timbers Army in memory of that moment.

Valeri has signed the ball he struck to make MLS Cup and Timbers history and has donated it to us. Here's his message to the Timbers Army about the gift (haga clic aquí para ver su mensaje en español).

There is no way that words can adequately express our gratitude for his leadership and grace, both on and off the field. (Feel free to give it a try anyway at his Twitter handle, his Instagram, and/or in the comments below.) For now, we'll just leave it at:

Gracias, Maestro. 


  • 28 Sep 2016 1:14 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Billie Robertson says:
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 5:46 pm 
    Best weekend of my life. And I’m a mother.

    Kathy says:
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm 
    ¡Maravilloso, señor Valeri!

    scottyrayj says:
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 8:44 pm 
    Such a class act.

    Larry Shaw says:
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 2:47 am 
    A classy gesture by a classy man!

    Karen Gjerning says:
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:42 am 
    I could not love this man any more. He is an amazing athlete and an incredible person. He loves and appreciates his fans as much as we do him.

    Janet Potter says:
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 11:23 am 
    Thank you – you bring tears of joy to so many of us every time we see or think of you and your generosity. I can not put into words how our community is so improved by your presence here – gracias!
    Much love to you and your family – Janet

    Randy Kilwag says:
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 11:51 am 
    I don’t know why, but I still continue to be surprised by his graciousness and amazing character. We are so lucky to have him in Portland. We love you Diego!

    Kathy Martin says:
    Monday, June 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm 
    Señor Valeri,
    The joy you, and your fellow players, have brought to my life these past six years can not be adequately summed up in this brief reply. For now let me just say thank you for this gift, your presence, and the skill, artistry and passion your bring to the beautiful game.
    Blessings upon you and your family.
    Signed a fan converted from football to futbol.
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