Player Details


Zarek Valentin


6' 0"


170 lbs

Date of Birth

8.6.1991 (31)


Lancaster, USA



Position Detail

Full Back

Preferred Side


Roster Category

Career Summary

Versatile defender at left or right back. Earned 84 starts in 92 caps over the last four seasons with the Portland Timbers. Nashville acquired the defender from Portland with their second pick in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft then traded to Houston on November 19, 2019.


Started and played 90 minutes at Sporting Kansas City on March 7… Finished with three clearances and one block in Houston’s first road trip of the season… Made his Dynamo debut on Feb. 29 in Houston’s 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy at BBVA Stadium… Tallied an assist in the 54th minute on Mauro Manotas’ equalizer on Feb. 29 against the LA Galaxy


Started in 17 of 21 matches played… Helped Timbers reach 2019 MLS playoffs for third consecutive season… Made his debut on March 2 in a 3-3 draw with the Colorado Rapids in the opening match of the season… Missed matches on August 31 and September 7th due to a leg injury… Selected by Nashville SC in the expansion draft then traded to Houston


Made his first appearance of the season on March 4th after substituting in during a 2-1 loss to LA Galaxy… Made first start of the season the following match in a 4-0 loss to the NY Redbulls… Started 30 of 32 total regular matches played to help Timbers finish in 5th in the Western Conference and reach playoffs for second consecutive season… Signed a new contract with the Timbers on December 10, 2018… Playoffs: Played the whole 90 minutes in his first career playoff appearance on October 31 in a 2-1 win over FC Dallas… Started in a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders in the conference semifinals… Started both legs of the conference final to advance to the 2018 MLS Cup Final… Set career high for MLS appearances, starts and minutes


Made first appearance and recorded one assist on March 18 in a 4-2 win over the Houston Dynamo… Spent time with the Timbers 2 in the USL at the start of the season… Returned to the first team on May 20, subbing in on a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Impact… Notched his second assist of the season on June 2 in a 2-0 win over San Jose… Made 19 appearances to help Timbers finish first place in Western conference


Joined Portland on January 12, 2016… Made his Timbers debut in a 2-1 loss to San Jose on March 13… Scored his first goal for Portland on July 23 in a 2-1 loss to LA Galaxy… Missed 5 matches due to a bone bruise… Returned to the lineup on September 3 and picked up his first assist for the Timbers in 3-1 loss to FC Dallas… Ended his first season in Portland with 24 appearances and 1 goal… Concacaf Champions League: Made his first appearance in a continental competition on September 14, picking up an assist in a 4–1 defeat to Deportivo Saprissa in the group stage


Made first appearance of the season on April 6 in 3-1 loss to Sandefjord in matchweek one… Recorded first assist of the season on April 30 in a 2–1 loss to FK Haugesund… Scored his first goal of the season on July 18 during a 2-1 victory against Molde FK… Finished the season with 24 appearances, 1 goal and 4 assists


Signed a permanent deal on December 19, 2013… Made his season debut on March 30 in a 1–1 draw with Aalesunds FK… Didn’t return until the final match of the season on November 9 after suffering a torn achilles in training


Joined Norwegian Adeccoligaen club FK Bodø/Glimt on March 27, 2013 until the end of the year… Made his season debut on April 7 in a 3–1 win over Ullensaker/Kisa IL in the opening match… Recorded his first assist for the club on April 18 to help defeat IK Junkeren in the NM Cupen first round… Scored his first goal for the club on November 3 in a 2–1 win over Stabæk… Helped club finish first in the league and win promotion to the Tippeligaen


Joined Montreal Impact ahead of the 2012 season after Chivas USA left him unprotected in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft… Made Impact debut in a 5-2 loss to the NY Redbulls on March 31… Scored first professional goal on July 8 to help in the 2-1 win over Columbus Crew… Made only 15 appearances with Montreal after suffering an ankle injury in July


Drafted in the first round, fourth overall in the SuperDraft by Chivas… Made his official professional debut on March 19 in Chivas’ first match of the season… Appeared in 25 matches over the course of the season


Started all 25 matches his freshman year as a Zip… Helped team make it to the NCAA National Championship in 2009 after finishing the season 23-1-0… He was named Mid-American Conference Newcomer of the Year, College Soccer News All-Freshman First Team, All-MAC First Team, University of Akron All-Tournament Team Defensive MVP (Sept. 18-20), and made the College Soccer News Freshman Top 100 list… Helped lead the team to the NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship, where the team won the school's first ever National Championship in 2010… Chose to forgo his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility and signed a Generation Adidas contract