José Adolfo Valencia

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Valencia and the second or maternal family name is Arrechea.
José Adolfo Valencia
Personal information
Full name José Adolfo Valencia Arrechea
Date of birth (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Bogotá, Colombia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Once Caldas
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Santa Fe 45 (5)
2008 Juventud Soacha (loan) 10 (5)
2012 Portland Timbers (loan) 0 (0)
2013–2014 Portland Timbers 21 (1)
2014 Olimpo (loan) 19 (7)
2014–2015 Rosario Central 14 (4)
2015 Independiente (loan) 9 (1)
2016– Once Caldas 2 (1)
National team
2010–2011 Colombia U20 6 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 14, 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 1, 2011

José Adolfo Valencia Arrechea (born December 18, 1991 in Bogotá, Colombia) is a Colombian footballer .



Valencia began his career with Santa Fe, also spending time on loan in 2008 with Juventud Soacha. After making 10 appearances and scoring 5 goals for Juventud Soacha, Valencia returned to Santa Fe. In 2009 he was a member of the squad that captured the Copa Colombia.

Valencia signed on loan with Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer on December 15, 2011 [1] He was signed as Portland's second designated player under the new Young DP rule. On February 3, 2012, the club announced that Valencia would undergo knee surgery and miss 6–12 months.[2] Due to his injury, MLS agreed that Valencia would not count as a designated player in 2012.

Portland announced the full transfer of Valencia from Sante Fe on January 22, 2013.[3] That day the club also announced it had signed Valencia to a multi-year contract. On May 18, 2013 Valencia tallied his first goal for Portland in a 2-2 draw at rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[4] On 15 January 2014, Valencia joined Club Olimpo in the Argentine Primera División on a season-long loan deal,[5] although he stayed with Olimpo until June 2014, in process scoring 7 goals. Valencia was transferred from Portland to Rosario Central on 23 August 2014, scoring 4 goals in 14 appearances during the second half of 2014 Argentine Primera División.[6]


Valencia has represented Colombia at the Under-20 level. He played for Colombia at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and scored 1 goal in the competition.


Valencia is the son of the Colombian international footballer Adolfo Valencia, who played for European teams like Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid, and also in the Colombian national football team.[7]


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