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 the Montreal Impact 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.