Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers complete re-signing of Sebastian Blanco

Chris Smith
Blanco has been crucial to the Timbers' success in recent years.
Blanco has been crucial to the Timbers' success in recent years. / Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Timbers have completed the re-signing of star playmaker Sebastian Blanco.

Blanco remains at Providence Park as a Designated Player on a deal through 2023 with his previous contract having expired at the end of last season.

“I’m coming home, Portland," Blanco said in a press release. "This has been my home for the past five years, and my family and I are extremely excited to be back. I’m hungry to win, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be than this club with my teammates. I believe in my team and the leadership of this club, and I can’t wait to achieve great things together.”

Blanco, who turns 34 next month, originally joined the Timbers from San Lorenzo in 2017 and has been hugely influential both on the wing and as a No.10, scoring 33 goals and assisting another 42 in 127 MLS regular-season appearances.

The two-time Argentina international has twice helped the Timbers to the MLS Cup final though they lost in both 2018 and 2021. He also starred during Portland's MLS is Back Tournament success in 2020 following the COVID-19 shutdown of play - winning the competition's MVP award.

“We are delighted to welcome back Sebastian, his wife Natali and their two children. We appreciate his desire to return to this club and the personal sacrifices he made for this to happen," Timbers general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson said.

"His leadership, passion and winning mentality are qualities that are vital to our locker room and directly influence the Club’s success. We are looking forward to seeing his abilities showcased with the Timbers for several more years.”

The Timbers begin their 2022 MLS campaign at home to the New England Revolution on February 26.