Diego Jiménez

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Diego Jiménez
Personal information
Full name Diego Octavio Jiménez Villa
Date of birth (1986-04-07) April 7, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Tepatitlán, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Retired
Youth career
2002–2004 Tecos UAG
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Tecomán 19 (0)
2005–2017 Tecos 109 (3)
2008New York Red Bulls (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012Morelia (loan) 2 (0)
2013Merida (loan) 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2013

Diego Octavio Jiménez Villa (born 7 April 1986 in Tepatitlán, Jalisco) is a retired Mexican footballer, who played as defender for Estudiantes Tecos of Ascenso MX. He is known as "Tepa".

Club career[edit]

His career started with the Estudiantes reserve side, appearing in 29 matches and scoring one goal. He then went to Tecos 2A side, where he anchored the back line during the 2004 Clausura appearing in all 17 matches. His play in 2005 with Tecomán drew the attention of the Tecos UAG first team and Jiménez was quickly called up by Tecos. He debuted with Tecos in the Mexican First Division during the 2005 Apertura and made 11 appearances including seven starts.

After a lengthy pursuit for his signature, Jiménez was loaned to New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer during the July 2008 transfer window by UAG Tecos. After signing it took a while for Jiménez to establish himself at the club. Suspensions and ineffective play by the team's starting central defenders, opened up an opportunity for Diego. Jiménez started both legs of the club's improbable 4-1 aggregate victory over defending champion Houston Dynamo in the 2008 MLS Playoffs, leading the backline in negating one of the league's most potent attacks. He then helped New York reach the 2008 MLS Cup by defeating Real Salt Lake 1-0 in Utah.[1]

National team[edit]

Jiménez was a starter on Mexico’s Under-21 and Under-20 National Team, including playing in the Touloun Youth Tournament in France in 2006.

Statistics[edit]

League Appearances Goals
Liga MX 0 0 99 0 3
Major League Soccer 0 0 10 0 0
Ascenso MX 0 0 10 0 2

Honors[edit]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El "Tepa", guerrero azteca a dejar huella en MLS". Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2008-11-23.

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