The MLS Wrap: Diego Valeri making MVP case and more

Major League Soccer’s MVP race has felt like a foregone conclusion for some time. David Villa has been putting together a season even better than he had in 2016 when he won MVP honors, and with New York City FC looking like a serious title contender, it was tough to see anyone posing a real threat to Villa winning the award again.

A new challenger has emerged though, and he delivered his latest case for consideration on Villa’s own home turf to boost his MVP candidacy.

Diego Valeri’s winning goal in Portland’s 1-0 victory over NYCFC on Saturday wasn’t close