Regarded as one of Colombia’s top young players, Valencia was acquired by the Timbers on Dec. 15, 2011. He made his professional debut at the age of 16 and played four seasons (2008-11) for Colombian first-division club Independiente Santa Fe.
2013: Played in 21 regular-season matches (5 starts) in his first full season in MLS ... Tallied his first MLS-career goal and recorded three assists ... Made his MLS debut as a second-half sub on March 3 against New York ... His shot in the 83rd minute forced a game-tying own goal from defender Jámison Olave in a 3-3 draw ... On March 3, became a part of just the third father-son pairing to play in Major League Soccer, joining Robert and Konrad Warzycha, and Alex and Teal Bunbury ... Valencia's father, Adolfo Valencia, played for the Metro Stars from 2000-01 ... Scored his first MLS goal, an 84th-minute equalizer, in a 2-2 draw on the road against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on May 18 ... Appeared in 11 straight league games (July 7-Sept. 14), coming off the bench as a sub in nine of those appearances ... Made his first MLS start Sept. 7 and recorded two assists - his first MLS assists - contributing to a 4-0 win over Toronto FC at JELD-WEN Field ... Assisted on the game-tying goal by Diego Valeri in the 50th minute of a 1-1 road draw against Chivas USA on Sept. 14 ... Played in three of the club's four matches during the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, helping it reach the semifinals – its deepest run in the U.S. Open Cup in club history ... Featured and played all 90 minutes in each of the club's third- and fourth-round matches of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) and Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) ... Recorded an assist on the opening goal against Tampa Bay on June 12 at JELD-WEN Field ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over EPL side Norwich City FC in a friendly July 24 at JELD-WEN Field ... Featured in the club's 1-0 win over Mexico's Monarcas Morelia, playing 72 minutes, in a friendly July 3 at JELD-WEN Field, helping the club claim the inaugural Copa Verde ... Played in two matches, both substitute appearances, during the club's run in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs, logging 38 minutes ... Started all 10 of his appearances for the Timbers Reserves during the 2013 MLS Reserve League season, scoring a team-best five goals.
2012: Missed a majority of his first season in Portland recovering from preseason surgery on Feb. 6 to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee ... Made his club debut Sept. 16, playing 20 minutes and recording a shot on goal as a second-half sub with the Timbers Reserves in the team's MLS Reserve League season finale - a 3-2 win over the Sounders FC Reserves.
2011: Made 16 appearances for Santa Fe during the Liga Postobón season between multiple U-20 national team call-ups … Scored the equalizing goal against Once Caldas on Nov. 3; Santa Fe would ultimately lose that match, 2-1 … Helped the club to a fourth playoff appearance in four seasons after it finished fifth in the Clausura standings … Came on as a sub in both leg of Santa Fe’s quarterfinal series against Itagüí … Saw action in the second leg of the semifinal series against Once Caldas ... In total, made 38 total career appearances for Santa Fe before joining the Timbers.
2010: Aided in a successful season for Santa Fe, playing in three matches … Santa Fe finished third overall in the aggregate Liga Postobón table, which qualified the club for the 2011 Copa Sudamericana … Santa Fe reached the playoffs of the Clausura campaign and came within a point of reaching the finals.
2009: Saw action in 18 games in his second professional season for Santa Fe … The club finished the Clausura campaign in second place and made a playoff appearance … Santa Fe also claimed the 2009 Copa Colombia – a tournament contested by 36 of Colombia’s top professional clubs – and subsequently qualified for the 2010 Copa Sudamericana.
2008: Signed with Colombian first-division club Independiente Santa Fe and made his professional debut at the age of 16, not long after graduating from high school … Appeared in one game during the season for Santa Fe, which finished the Liga Postobón’s Apertura campaign in third place … Also spent time with Colombian second-division side Juventud Soacha during his first professional season.
International: Played for the Colombia U-20 National Team in 2011 … Called up for the 2011 Toulon Tournament in France … Played in a total of four games during the tournament, facing the U-20 sides for Portugal, Ivory Coast and Italy … Scored the decisive goal against Mexico in a 2-1 semifinal victory … Colombia went on to defeat France’s U-20 side in penalty kicks to win the tournament title … Was a key figure for Colombia in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which was held in Colombia … Started all three group matches, leading Colombia to a perfect 3-0-0 record in group play … Scored the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Mali in group play to secure the team’s place in the knockout rounds … Colombia fell to Mexico in the Round of 16 … Played in all five of Colombia’s games during the tournament.
Personal: Nicknamed “El Trencito” (the Little Train), Valencia is the son of popular former Colombian international Adolfo Valencia, who played in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups … Adolfo Valencia, known as “El Tren” (the Train), had a 16-year professional career (1988-2004), which included stints with Santa Fe, Germany’s Bayern Munich, Spain’s Atlético Madrid and in MLS with the MetroStars from 2000-01.