Portland Timbers announce 2018 Club Award winners

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From Portland Timbers press release – 

TIMBERS ANNOUNCE 2018 CLUB AWARDS
Blanco, Chara, Ebobisse, Mabiala, Valentin, Valeri recognized for 2018 season


PORTLAND, Ore. –
 The Portland Timbers today announced their club awards for the 2018 Major League Soccer season. In total, eight major awards were announced as the club recognized achievements, performances and moments from the team’s 2018 season.

Additionally, the Timbers and Portland Thorns FC announced the award recipients from their respective developmental programs, recognizing coaches and players from the Academy, Olympic Developmental Program (ODP) and youth camp programs.

Players’ Player of the Year; Supporters’ Player of the Year – Sebastián Blanco
Midfielder Sebastián Blanco was named the Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year for the 2018 campaign. In his second season with the Timbers, Blanco finished the regular season with career highs in goals (10) and assists (11), appearing in 31 games (29 starts). In addition, he was named MLS Player of the Week for Week 28 and 32. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Blanco started and played in all six matches, tallying three goals.

Golden Boot – Diego Valeri, Sebastián Blanco
Midfielder Diego Valeri and Blanco were both awarded the Golden Boot as the club’s joint leading goal-scorers during the regular season with 10 goals each. Blanco and Valeri became the fourth set of teammates since 2010 and the eighth set of teammates in MLS history to each have double-digit goals and assists in the same season. Blanco’s 10 goals were a career high with Portland, while Valeri recorded double-digit goals for the fifth time in his six seasons with the Timbers. Additionally, Valeri became the first Timbers player across all eras (since 1975) to record double-digit goals in five seasons.

Unsung Hero – Larrys Mabiala
Playing in his second season with Portland, defender Larrys Mabiala was named Unsung Hero, earning this award for the first time. Mabiala played in 31 matches during the regular season, making 31 starts, which was tied for the most on the team in 2018. Recording five goals and one assist during the regular season, Mabiala ranked tied for the most goals by a defender in MLS in 2018. In addition, Mabiala, who ranked second on the team in minutes played during the regular season, started and played in four matches during the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Play of the Year – Sebastián Blanco’s long-range strike against Sporting Kansas City in Western Conference Championship
The 2018 Timbers’ Play of the Year was awarded to Blanco for his long-range strike in the Timbers’ 3-2 win against Sporting Kansas City in the second leg of the Western Conference Championship on Nov. 29. His third goal of the 2018 postseason, Blanco’s finish was the first of three goals from Portland in the second half of the match that helped propel the Timbers to their second MLS Cup appearance in four seasons, with the midfielder delivering a dipping, long-range effort from the far left wing into the top, right corner of the goal in the 52nd minute.

Defender of the Year – Diego Chara
In his eighth season with the club, midfielder Diego Chara was named the team’s Defender of the Year for a third consecutive season. In 2018, Chara appeared in 27 matches (26 starts), tallying two goals. On June 6, Chara made his 215th regular-season appearance in MLS to become the club’s all-time career leader in matches played across all eras (since 1975). In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Chara started and played in all six matches, recording one assist. During his career with Portland, Chara has appeared in 232 matches (230 starts), recording nine goals and 17 assists.

Up-and-Coming Player of the Year – Jeremy Ebobisse
Forward Jeremy Ebobisse was named Timbers Up-and-Coming Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. In his second season with Portland, Ebobisse appeared in nine matches (5 starts) during the regular season, tallying two goals and two assists. In the postseason, Ebobisse started and played in all six matches for the Timbers, recording his first career MLS playoff goal in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals against Seattle Sounders FC on Nov. 4 and logging an assist in the Knockout Round against FC Dallas on Oct. 31.

Community MVP – Zarek Valentin
Becoming the first player to receive this honor for a second time, defender Zarek Valentin was named as the team’s Community MVP for his contributions off the field in 2018. Valentin brought laughter to pediatric patients at local children’s hospitals and took an active role in embracing a young boy from Iraq who had received treatment in Oregon 10 years ago after losing his left leg, on his return to Portland. Valentin helped fix up new homes with Willamette West Habitat for Humanity during Stand Together Week and participated in the annual Rose City Road Trip with Providence Health & Services. In addition, he spearheaded the #RibbonZ campaign to support the New Avenues for Youth Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center.

Timbers Academy Player of the Year (2017-18) – Carlos Anguiano

Thorns FC Academy Player of the Year (2017-18) – Hailey Coll

Timbers ODP Boys Coach of the Year – Pete Peterson

Timbers ODP Boys Player of the Year – Joshua Hamlett

Thorns FC ODP Girls Coach of the Year – Michael Reggiani

Thorns FC ODP Girls Player of the Year – Sahve Beller

Timbers/Thorns FC Camp Coaches of the Year – Max von Rabenau, Andrea Hodge

Portland Timbers Club Award Winners

Players’ Player of the Year
2018: Sebastián Blanco
2017: Diego Valeri
2016: Diego Chara
2015: Diego Chara
2014: Diego Valeri
2013: Darlington Nagbe
2012: Diego Chara
2011: Jack Jewsbury

Supporters’ Player of the Year
2018: Sebastián Blanco
2017: Diego Valeri
2016: Diego Valeri
2015: Diego Chara
2014: Diego Valeri
2013: Will Johnson
2012: Diego Chara
2011: Troy Perkins

Golden Boot
2018: Diego Valeri/Sebastián Blanco (10 goals)
2017: Diego Valeri (21 goals)
2016: Fanendo Adi (16 goals)
2015: Fanendo Adi (16 goals)
2014: Diego Valeri (11 goals)
2013: Diego Valeri (10 goals)
2012: Kris Boyd (7 goals)
2011: Kenny Cooper (8 goals)

Unsung Hero
2018: Larrys Mabiala
2017: Roy Miller
2016: Jack Jewsbury
2015: Nat Borchers
2014: Diego Chara
2013: Jack Jewsbury
2012: Eric Alexander

Play of the Year
2018: Sebastián Blanco’s long-range strike Nov. 29 vs. Sporting Kansas City
2017: Darlington Nagbe’s chip Aug. 23 vs. Colorado
2016: Diego Valeri’s chip July 17 vs. Seattle
2015: Timbers lifting MLS Cup Dec. 6 at Columbus
2014: Diego Valeri’s volley Sept. 20 vs. Vancouver
2013: Darlington Nagbe’s turnaround, game-winning goal June 15 vs. FC Dallas.
2012: Jack Jewsbury’s game-winner Oct. 21 at Vancouver
2011: Darlington Nagbe’s juggling volley July 2 vs. Sporting KC

Defender of the Year
2018: Diego Chara
2017: Diego Chara
2016: Diego Chara
2015: Liam Ridgewell
2014: Liam Ridgewell
2013: Donovan Ricketts

Up-and-Coming Player of the Year
2018: Jeremy Ebobisse
2017: Jeremy Ebobisse
2016: Jack Barmby
2015: George Fochive
2014: Alvas Powell
2013: Alvas Powell
2012: Brent Richards
2011: Kalif Alhassan

Community MVP
2018: Zarek Valentin
2017: Diego Valeri
2016: Zarek Valentin
2015: Adam Kwarasey
2014: Diego Chara
2013: Steven Evans
2012: David Horst
2011: Jake Gleeson

Timbers Academy Player of the Year
2018: Carlos Anguiano
2017: Jacob Montes
2016: Marco Farfan
2015: Terrell Lowe
2014: Jesse Garcia-Aguilar
2013: Foster Langsdorf

Thorns FC Academy Player of the Year
2018: Hailey Coll

Timbers ODP Boys Coach of the Year
2018: Pete Peterson
2017: Jimmi Ulloa
2016: Chris Thurley
2015: Dave Peterson
2014: Brett Jacobs
2013: Sorin Popovici
2012: Oscar Monteblanco
2011: Joe Sottile

Timbers ODP Boys Player of the Year
2018: Joshua Hamlett
2017: Diego Elizalde
2016: Andre Saucedo-Avila
2015: Nico Lopez
2014: Adrian Villegas
2013: Kevyn Lo
2012: Jose Benavides
2011: Rubio Rubin

Thorns FC ODP Girls Coach of the Year
2018: Michael Reggiani
2017: Simon Date
2016: Jennifer Hull
2015: Keith Bleyer
2014: Kevin Plechl
2013: Rochelle Hearns
2012: Janine Sparza
2011: Mac Wilson

Thorns FC ODP Girls Player of the Year
2018: Sahve Beller
2017: Citlaly Soto
2016: Paige Alexander
2015: Katie Duong
2014: Katie Duong
2013: Sarah Jean Edwards
2012: Adrianna Hudson
2011: Ellie Boon

Timbers/Thorns FC Camp Coaches of the Year
2018: Max von Rabenau, Andrea Hodge
2017: Nick Rooney, Natalie Hall
2016: Anthony Pagano, Laura Sullivan
2015: Max von Rabenau, Rayssa Lira
2014: Luis Silva-Lara
2013: Fabio Rodriguez
2012: Sabi Sudy

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