Jorge Villafana had a very good season with the Portland Timbers. In fact, he's quietly and consistently been a solid MLS left back for better part of the last three years. People have just now began to take notice and his great play appears as if it's about to pay off big time. Santos Laguna of Liga MX are set to purchase the fullback for a fee nearing the $1 Million mark according to Sports Illustrated.
The 26-year-old is fresh off of winning MLS Cup with the Timbers and was arguably a candidate for the match's MVP award. If there was an award for outstanding performance throughout the entirety of the MLS playoffs, he would've likely been the front runner for it.
Nicknamed "Sueno" because he won a reality show called "Sueno MLS" in 2007 to win a roster spot with the Chivas USA U-19 team. He was born in Anaheim, California but has never represented the United States at the senior level despite his solid performances in MLS. He has however, played for the U.S. U-20 and U-23 sides. That could change very soon if this big move to Mexico comes off.
It's no secret that the USMNT is weak at the left back position and have been for a long time. Surely Jurgen Klinsmann will be quick to give Villafana a chance after his stellar play over the last year. Only time will tell on that front, but it seems like the logical conclusion barring an injury or a severe dip in form.