Player Details


Zarek Valentin


6' 0"


170 lbs

Date of Birth

8.6.1991 (30)


Lancaster, PA USA



Position Detail

Full Back

Preferred Side


Roster Category

2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

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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