Jorge Villafaña

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Jorge Villafaña
Personal information
Full name Jorge Antonio Villafaña
Date of birth (1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Anaheim, California, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Defender
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers
Number 19
Youth career
2004–2007 Santa Ana DSP Juventus
2007 Chivas USA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2013 Chivas USA 86 (7)
2014– Portland Timbers 8 (1)
National team
2007–2009 United States U20 15 (1)
2012 United States U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 10, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 26, 2012

Jorge Antonio Villafaña (born September 16, 1989) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Villafaña spent part of his childhood in Pénjamo, Guanajuato, Mexico before returning to the United States for high school. He attended Anaheim High School and became captain of the soccer team. On March 25, 2007 Villafaña won Sueño MLS, a 2007 reality show that led to a try-out with Major League Soccer. His reality show win earned him the nickname "Sueño".[1] Villafaña beat out around 2,000 other competitors to earn a spot on Chivas USA's U-19 squad.

Professional[edit]

Villafaña was signed by Chivas to a professional contract on July 25, 2007.[2] He made his only appearance of the season as a substitute in a 3-0 win over New York Red Bulls. Jorge scored in his first game of the season against D.C. United on May 17, 2008. He came in as a substitute in the 67th minute and his goal made the game 3-1 thus ending United's hopes of a come back.[3] Villafaña made his first start the following week against the Colorado Rapids and scored on a glancing header to seal the game for Chivas.[4] Villafaña scored again the following week against the Columbus Crew.[5] After scoring three goals in three games he was nicknamed "El Sueño" (The Dream). While with Chivas, Villafaña appeared in 86 league matches and scored 7 goals.

On December 12, 2013, Villafaña was traded to the Portland Timbers.[6]

International[edit]

In 2007, Villafaña was called up for the United States U-20 for its trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina from November 23 to December 3.[7] The team was part of an 11 day training camp with the U-20 squads of Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay. Villafaña played in all three of the USA's games during the trip. A game tying assist against River Plate's reserves[8] and a game-tying goal against the Argentina national under-20 football team[9] helped earn him the honor of team captain.

Villafaña appeared in all three of the USA's games at the 2008 Campos Verde International in Beja, Portugal.[10] Villafaña scored his second international goal against the Bolton Wanderers Reserves in a 2-0 win in Bolton, England on May 7, 2008.[11] He assisted a goal in the USA's 2-1 win over the Manchester United Reserves the following day.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2011, Villafaña went to court to change his name from "Jorge Flores" to "Jorge Villafaña" opting to take his mother's maiden name as his last name.[13]

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