Carlos Valdés (footballer)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Valdés and the second or maternal family name is Parra.
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Carlos Valdés
Carlos Valdés at Preseason Training for the Philadelphia Union, Jan 2011.jpg
Valdés participating in preseason training
Personal information
Full name Carlos Enrique Valdés Parra
Date of birth (1985-05-22) May 22, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Real Cartagena 33 (0)
2006–2009 América de Cali 97 (4)
2009–2010 Santa Fe 56 (1)
2011– Philadelphia Union 67 (3)
2013 Santa Fe (loan) 32 (4)
2014 San Lorenzo (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2008– Colombia 16 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2014

Carlos Enrique Valdés Parra (born on May 22, 1985) is a Colombian footballer who currently plays for Philadelphia Union.

Career[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Valdés began his career in 2005 with Real Cartagena and appeared in 33 league matches. After impressing with Cartagena, Valdés joined storied Colombian club América de Cali the following campaign and was a stalwart in defense for the club for four years, where he appeared in 97 matches and scored 4 goals. As a result of his play with America he was called up to the Colombian national team in 2008. In 2009, he joined Independiente Santa Fe and continued to be one of the top defenders in Colombia.

United States[edit]

On January 20, 2011, Valdés officially joined Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union[1] on a one-year loan deal. He made his debut for the Union on March 19, 2011, in the team's season opener for the 2011 MLS season, a 1-0 victory over Houston Dynamo.[2] In Week 7 of the season, Valdés was named to the MLS Team of the Week for his performance against the San Jose Earthquakes.[3] On August 5, 2011, the Union announced that it had secured the full rights to Valdes from his former club, Independiente Santa Fe of the Colombian First Division.[4]

International[edit]

Valdés played with the Colombia U-20 squad at the 2005 South American Youth Championship, which Colombia hosted and won. He then competed at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands, helping Colombia to the Round of 16 before losing to the eventual champions, Argentina. In 2008, he made his debut for the Colombian senior national team.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.[5]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. 30 May 2010 Stadium mk, Milton Keynes, England  Nigeria
1–0
1–1
Friendly
2. 22 March 2013 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Bolivia
2–0
5–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

América de Cali

Independiente Santa Fe

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colombia League Cup League Cup South America Total
2005 Real Cartagena Categoría Primera A 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
2006 América de Cali 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2007 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
2008 42 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 48 1
2009 12 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 16 2
Santa Fe 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 1
2010 32 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 37 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2011 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 32 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 35 1
2012 33 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 35 2
Colombia League Cup League Cup South America Total
2013 Santa Fe Categoría Primera A 32 4 1 1 0 0 10 0 43 5
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
2014 San Lorenzo Primera División 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 14 0
Total Argentina 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 14 0
Colombia 216 8 1 1 0 0 25 0 242 9
USA 65 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 70 3
Career total 288 11 4 1 2 0 32 0 326 12

Updated July 6, 2013

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Colombia
2008 1 0
2009 0 0
2010 3 1
2011 0 0
2012 2 0
2013 3 1
Total 9 2

Statistics accurate as of June 30, 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levine, Judah (2011-01-20). "Union Solidify Defense with Colombian Duo". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  2. ^ Union shock Dynamo, open season with a road win[dead link]
  3. ^ MLSsoccer.com (2011-05-03). "Williams, Daniel, Valdés Named to MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  4. ^ Philadelphia Union Communications (2011-08-05). "Union secure full rights to Valdés, transfer Ruiz". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  5. ^ "Carlos Valdés International Statistics"., Int.soccerway.com Retrieved on 16 July 2014

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Faryd Mondragón
Philadelphia Union captain
2012
Succeeded by
Brian Carroll