Diego Valeri, Portland's Derby Hero On And Off The Pitch

Diego Valeri, Portland's Derby Hero On And Off The Pitch

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Alex Hughes
Alex Hughes

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Portland, OR

This weekend played host to one of the fiercest rivalries and most anticipated game of the MLS season, The Cascade Cup, between Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers.

Last years MLS Cup champions, Portland Timbers, defeated their local rivals 3-1 thanks to a brace from Diego Valeri and one from Fanendo Adi.

But it wasn’t just on the field that Diego Valeri really stamped his mark…

Off the pitch, The Timbers Army unveiled their latest Tifo which read: ‘Legends never sleep’ a play on the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie franchise. After the words were raised, a figure resembling Freddy Krueger rose up. The display was topped off with a banner reading “Sweet Dreams.”

It was revealed by the Timbers Army after the game, that 2 goal hero Valeri helped put the finishing touches to the Tifo, by adding the star to the banner, that they acquired after winning the MLS Cup back in December.

Valeri replied to the tweet with a fitting tribute:

Thank you for letting us take part in this unique experience! It was our pleasure and it made us so happy!

@DiegoDv8

To learn more about the Rivalry between Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, Check out our Battle of Cascadia Derby Days episode.

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