Player Details

Name

Zarek Valentin

Height

6' 0"

Weight

170 lbs

Date of Birth

8.6.1991 (29)

Birthplace

Lancaster, PA USA

Position

Defender

Position Detail

Full Back

Preferred Side

Left/Right

Roster Category

Senior
2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season

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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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