Timbers Sign Midfielder Sebastian Blanco to a Multi-Year Contract Extension

Sebastian Blanco (right) in 2018. Photo by Anthony Nesmith/CSM/Shutterstock

Portland Timbers will be able to count on their key midfielder Sebastian Blanco for years to come. Timbers announced on Tuesday that they have signed Blanco to a multi-year extension.

The 31-year-old Argentinian will remain Designated Player according to his new deal.

Blanco secured a new contract with another productive season in 2019, in which he helped Timbers to the sixth spot in Western Conference. He finished the regular season with six goals and 11 assists while dishing another assist in MLS Cup playoffs.

Since joining Portland in 2017, Sebastian Blanco played a total of 108 games in all competitions and contributed with 29 goals and 32 assists. He especially played a crucial role in the team’s road to MLS Cup final in 2018 when he earned Timbers’ Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year honors.

Before coming to the United States, Blanco spent the majority of his professional career in his native Argentina, where he played with LanĂşs and San Lorenzo. He also played in Europe, most notably with Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

Blanco also made two appearances for Argentina’s senior team, managing to score one goal.