BEAVERTON, Ore. – Police arrested a member of the Portland Timbers Monday night during a disturbance at his apartment.
Jose Valencia, 20, was trying to leave the area when police arrived at 600 NW 158th Ave. to investigate a disturbance call just after 9 p.m., according to Beaverton police spokesman Mike Rowe. There was an argument at the apartment between Valencia and a woman, Rowe said.
Officers said Valencia did not obey orders from the officers at the scene and resisted when they told him he was under arrest. He was taken to the Washington County Jail.
"I think that a lot of people are jumping to conclusions very, very quickly," said Timbers interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson. "I think what we need to do is let this play out and see what facts come out and how they get presented."
The woman, who shares the apartment with Valencia, was not hurt during the argument, Rowe said.
"There was definitely a language barrier without question," said Wilkinson, who spoke with Valencia Tuesday morning. "I think once all the information comes out you'll see that the language barrier presented some huge hurdles."
Valencia is from Bogota, Colombia. He was acquired by the Timbers in December of last year, but is missing the 2012 Major League Soccer season while he recovers from knee surgery.
"There's a cultural barrier as well from where he's come from in Colombia," said Wilkinson. "Authorities here get treated with a lot more respect, and rightfully so."
Wilkinson said the Timbers are cooperating with Beaverton Police and the team will take action against Valencia if it's appropriate.
"I'm not sure what we would be disciplining him for until we come to a conclusion of exactly what he was in the wrongdoing for," he said.