Seat­tle Sounders sign up Paraguayan striker with ex­pe­ri­ence, Nel­son Valdez

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The Seat­tle Sounders signed Paraguayan striker and World Cup vet­eran Nel­son Valdez on Fri­day, be­com­ing the third for­ward on their ros­ter who is a des­ig­nated player.

While Seat­tle an­nounced Valdez’s sign­ing, it will be at least a week be­fore the 31-year-old for­ward gets on the field in a game af­ter a busy sum­mer that in­cluded play­ing in the Copa Amer­ica.

“This is one of the best teams in the league that is al­ways fight­ing to get the cups and one of the key rea­sons why I wanted to come here,” Valdez said through an in­ter­preter.

Valdez was last play­ing for Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt in the Ger­man Bun­desliga where he made 10 ap­pear­ances with the club. He played 15 sea­sons in Europe, in­clud­ing stints with three clubs in Ger­many: Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt, Werder Bremen and Borus­sia Dort­mund. Valdez also had stints with Her­cules, Ru­bin Kazan, Va­len­cia, Al Jazira and Olympia­cos in var­i­ous leagues.

Valdez is a vet­eran of two World Cups and two Copa Amer­ica tour­na­ments with the Paraguay na­tional team. Valdez has 68 na­tional team ap­pear­ances and 12 goals in his ca­reer for Paraguay.

In Seat­tle he will re­unite with fel­low des­ig­nated player Obafemi Martins. The pair played to­gether at Ru­bin Kazan. The combo of Valdez, Martins and Clint Dempsey could be one of the best at­tack­ing trios in MLS.

“He gives us a guy who can play up front. He’s played wide be­fore as well. He’s played dif­fer­ent po­si­tions so that is a good thing as well,” Seat­tle coach Sigi Sch­mid said.

Seat­tle cleared space to make Valdez a des­ig­nated player by us­ing tar­geted al­lo­ca­tion money on midfielder Os­valdo Alonso to lower his salary bud­get charge.

The sign­ing of Valdez capped a busy week for Seat­tle af­ter pre­vi­ously sign­ing Aus­trian midfielder An­dreas Ivan­schitz af­ter his con­tract at Span­ish club Le­vante had ex­pired. Ivan­schitz played the last six years in Spain’s La Liga and the Ger­man Bun­desliga.

Tim­bers Win 1-0 over Chicago

Port­land’s Fa­nendo Adi scored his 10th goal of the sea­son to give the Tim­bers a 1-0 vic­tory over Chicago on Fri­day, mov­ing within three points of top spot in Ma­jor League Soc­cer’s Western Con­fer­ence.

In the 48th minute, Diego Va­leri sent a hard-driven cross to­ward the Chicago goal, and Fire goal­keeper Sean John­son dived low to his right to try to punch the ball clear. In­stead, it de­flected off the on-rush­ing Adi and into the net for the game-win­ning goal.

The win snaps a four-game win­less run for Port­land while Chicago is yet to win from 10 away games this sea­son.

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