Julian Valentin

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Julian Valentin
Personal information
Full name Julian Edward Valentin[1]
Date of birth (1987-02-23) February 23, 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2004–2007 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Los Angeles Galaxy 1 (0)
2009 Cleveland City Stars (loan) 7 (1)
2010 FC Tampa Bay 29 (2)
Total 37 (3)
National team
2003–2004 United States U17 11 (0)
2005–2007 United States U20 25 (0)
2006–2008 United States U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Julian Valentin (born February 23, 1987) is an American retired professional soccer player.



A four-year starter at Wake Forest University, Valentin appeared in 84 games from 2003-2007.[2] Named NSCAA First Team All-South and Second Team All-America, Soccer America First-Team All-American and All-ACC First Team in 2006, Valentin was also named to ESPN's Academic All-District III team and was one of three NCAA starters on U-20 Men's National Team.[3] Valentin captained the Demon Deacons to their first NCAA National Championship title in 2007 and famously took a cleat to the face in the final minutes of the game.[4]


Valentin was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy with the 29th overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.[5] With the MLS Reserve Division having been scrapped at the end of 2008, the LA Galaxy loaned Valentin to Cleveland City Stars in the USL First Division on May 15, 2009.[6]

Valentin signed with USSF Division 2 club FC Tampa Bay on 5 February 2010[7] and was named club captain on 6 April 2010.[8]

On 3 February 2011, Valentin officially retired from professional play and accepted a job with the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball.[9] Valentin is the older brother of Zarek Valentin of Portland Timbers[10] and brother in-law of Taylor Kemp of D.C. United.[11][12]


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