HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on loan as a Young Designated Player from Newell's Old Boys. Purchase option exercised on Dec. 21, 2018.
Valenzuela is a talented, young left back who has a high pedigree at the pro and international levels. Was one of the best in MLS in that position in 2018 and was poised to do so again in 2019, but will miss 9-12 months after ACL surgery.
INTERNATIONAL: Valenzuela has featured for Argentina’s Under-20 squad, earning 10 caps (nine starts). The defender featured in eight of Argentina’s nine matches at the 2017 South American Youth Football Championship, making seven starts while helping Argentina qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea. Valenzuela also made two appearances (all starts) in the group stage of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
OUTSIDE MLS: Valenzuela is a product of Newell’s Old Boys youth academy, which he joined at the age of 14. The defender made his debut with the club’s first team as a substitute in a home match against Club Atletico de San Martin on February 6, 2016. Valenzuela was officially promoted to Newell’s Old Boys first team on July 1, 2016 and made three appearances (three starts) during the 2016-2017 season. During the first part of the 2017-2018 season, the 19-year-old made nine appearances (seven starts). In all, Valenzuela made 13 appearances (10 starts) for Newell’s Old Boys in the Primera Division. The Rosario native also made two appearances (both starts) for the club in Copa Argentina, Argentina’s domestic cup.