Milton Valenzuela

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Milton Valenzuela
Milton Valenzuela 2017.jpg
Valenzuela with the Argentina U20s in 2017.
Personal information
Full name Milton Nahuel Valenzuela
Date of birth (1998-08-13) 13 August 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Fullback
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew SC
Number 19
Youth career
2013–2016 Newell's Old Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Newell's Old Boys 13 (0)
2018Columbus Crew SC (loan) 30 (1)
2019– Columbus Crew SC 0 (0)
National team
2017– Argentina U20 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 November 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 May 2017

Milton Valenzuela (born 13 August 1998) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a defender for Columbus Crew SC in MLS.

Club career[edit]

Newell's Old Boys[edit]

Valenzuela is a youth exponent from Newell's Old Boys, having joined the club at the age of 14.[1] He broke into the first team at the age of 17, making his league debut on 6 February 2016 against San Martín de San Juan in a 2-1 away defeat in Rosario.[2] While never becoming a permanent feature with the first team after his break through, Valenzuela made 13 league appearances for the club, along with 3 cup appearances, over three seasons.

Because of his youth and lack of playing time, on January 26, 2018, Valenzuela was sent on a year long loan to Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer, with an option to buy at the end of the loan.[3] After a successful season with Columbus in MLS, the Crew exercised their purchase option at the end of the 2018 season and Valenzuela ended his time with his boyhood club.[4]

Columbus Crew[edit]

Valenzuela made his debut for Columbus on 3 March 2018, playing 90 minutes in a 2–0 win against Toronto FC.[5] He scored his first professional goal on 24 March 2018 in a 3–1 win against D.C. United.[6] Over the course of the season he made 30 appearances with 29 starts.[4] Valenzuela was an immediate success for Columbus, and over the course of the season, became one of the league's top attacking defenders.[4] Valenzuela completed 27 crosses from the run of play, first among defenders in the league, and was among the best tacklers in the league winning 57 out of 87. Moreover, the defender also scored 1 goal and produced 6 assists.[4]

On 21 December 2018, it was announced that Valenzuela's immensely successful first season in Columbus had caused the team to exercise their purchase option signing Valenzuela permanently ahead of their 2019 season.[7] However, despite an encouraging preseason, Valenzuela suffered an tear in his ACL during training and would be out for the entirety of the 2019 season.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Before moving to Columbus, Ohio Valenzuela lived with his entire family in Argentina.[9] He admitted that there was a learning curve that comes with moving form Argentina to the United States, while also living by himself for the first time.[9] However, he believes that these experiences will help him become a better person and a stronger footballer.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newell's Old Boys 2016 Argentine Primera División 2 0 0 0 2 0
2016–17 3 0 1 0 4 0
2017–18 9 0 2 0 11 0
Argentina Total 14 0 3 0 17 0
Columbus Crew 2018 Major League Soccer 33 1 1 0 34 1
2019 0 0 0 0 0 0
U.S.A. Total 33 1 1 0 34 1
Career Total 47 1 4 0 51 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crew SC adds defender Valenzuela, 19, as DP". ESPN.com. 2018-01-26. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  2. ^ "San Martín San Juan vs. Newell's Old Boys - 6 February 2016 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  3. ^ "Crew SC sign Argentina U-20 left back Milton Valenzuela as Young DP". Major League Soccer. January 26, 2018. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Schudel, Ralph (2018-12-21). "Crew SC acquire Valenzuela on permanent transfer". Massive Report. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  5. ^ "Toronto FC 0 - 2 Columbus Crew SC". columbuscrewsc.com. MLS. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Columbus Crew SC 3 - 1 D.C. United". columbuscrewsc.com. MLS. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.columbuscrewsc.com/post/2018/12/21/columbus-crew-sc-acquires-argentine-defender-milton-valenzuela-permanent-transfer
  8. ^ Myers, Jacob. "Crew SC reacquires Waylon Francis after Milton Valenzuela suffers serious knee injury". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  9. ^ a b c Erickson, Andrew. "Crew SC | Milton Valenzuela, from Argentina, impresses at age 20". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2019-10-10.