Zarek Valentin

Zarek Valentin
Zarek Valentin
Zarek Valentin
Real Name: Zarek Valentin
HT: 5' 11" WT: 156
Age: 29 (08/06/1991)
Birthplace: Lancaster, PA
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

HOW ACQUIRED: Selected in 2019 Expansion Draft and traded to Houston on November 19, 2019. Signed to a contract extension through 2022, with an option to extend to 2023, on November 10, 2020.

Valentin is a versatile defender who can slot in as either a fullback (where perhaps he's best) or center back, which is a vital characteristic when filling depth on any side. Further, his foot skills and latent desire to play out of the back should fit in well with a number of different tactical aesthetics.

INTERNATIONAL: Valentin was an integral part of the U.S. U20 team for the 2009-2011 cycle, earning more than 30 caps in that time. He’s also spent time with the U23s.

OUTSIDE MLS: The talented defender spent the first two years of his MLS career with Chivas USA and CF Montreal before leaping at a contract from Norwegian club FK Bodø/Glimt, where he played for two years and made nearly 60 appearances.

COLLEGE: Valentin was a key part of the 2010 Akron team that won the school’s only national championship under Porter.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2020Houston Dynamo1918016213206000
2019Portland Timbers21170162303018050
2018Portland Timbers323002721112020140
2017Portland Timbers19170154731013020
2016Portland Timbers20181160714312020
2012Montreal Impact1514111611218010
2011Chivas USA25240211404020150
Career Totals-1511382123949284972190
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