Valentino (right) playing for Orlando City in March 2014
|Date of birth||December 21, 1985|
|Place of birth||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2004–2007||San Francisco Dons|
|2007||San Jose Frogs||5||(0)|
|2008–2009||New England Revolution||0||(0)|
|2010||FC Tampa Bay||27||(0)|
|2008||United States U23||1||(0)|
|2016–||Orlando City B (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 18, 2014.
College and Amateur
Valentino grew up in Danville, California, and began his soccer career playing youth soccer for the local Mustang Club. In 1999, his family moved to Arizona, where he played for the 1986 Sereno Golden Eagles with coach Harry Demos. Valentino was recruited out of high school, and chose to attend the University of San Francisco. Valentino was captain all four years at USF, where he was the WCC Defensive Player of the Year his sophomore season. He also earned WCC Player of the Year honors his junior season.
In addition to playing collegiate soccer, Valentino spent the 2007 season with the San Jose Frogs of the USL Premier Development League. However, he injured his left knee and was set to red-shirt the season, but ultimately decided to sign a generation Adidas contract.
Valentino was drafted in the first round, 13th overall, of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft by New England Revolution. He made his full professional debut for Revolution on 1 July 2008, in a US Open Cup third round game against Richmond Kickers, and was traded to Colorado Rapids in exchange for Nico Colaluca on May 6, 2009. Valentino asked for and was released before the 2010 season to play for Tampa without ever making an MLS appearance.
He later signed with new USL Pro franchise Orlando City on March 31, 2011; he scored his first career goal on April 16, 2011 in a 1-0 victory over the Charlotte Eagles. In addition Valentino was voted Defensive Player of the year for the 2011 USL season. He also became the captain for Orlando City following his debut season. Valentino played for Orlando City for 5 years, but was not among the Orlando City players to make the move to MLS.
Following Orlando City's move to MLS Valentino signed with Arizona United and was named captain for the team. He started in all 15 teams for which he was fit. He missed a month of the season due to injury. Arizona announced that Valentino would retire from playing on August 11, 2015.
On August 11, 2015, Valentino was announced as an assistant coach for the Central Florida USL team that begins play in 2016. The USL club is owned by Orlando City SC and reunites Valentino with his former teammate Anthony Pulis who is the team's head coach. He was also named to the club's technical staff.
- Revolution acquires R.I.'s Nico Colaluca from Colorado
- Rob Valentino To Retire and Coach With Orlando City SC USL Club, August 11, 2015.
- Tenorio, Paul (August 11, 2015), Former Orlando City defender Rob Valentino named assistant coach of USL team, Orlando Sentinel.