Rob Valentino

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Rob Valentino
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Valentino (right) playing for Orlando City in March 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-12-21) December 21, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Orlando City B
Number 85
Youth career
2004–2007 San Francisco Dons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 San Jose Frogs 5 (0)
2008–2009 New England Revolution 0 (0)
2009–2010 Colorado Rapids 0 (0)
2010 FC Tampa Bay 27 (0)
2011–2014 Orlando City 77 (9)
2015 Arizona United 15 (0)
2017 Orlando City B 0 (0)
Total 124 (9)
National team
2008 United States U23 1 (0)
Teams managed
2016– Orlando City B (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 18, 2014.

Rob Valentino (born December 21, 1985) is a former American soccer player who currently is assistant-player coach for Orlando City B in the USL.

Career[edit]

College and Amateur[edit]

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.

Professional[edit]

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,[1] and was traded to Colorado Rapids in exchange for Nico Colaluca on May 6, 2009.[2] Valentino asked for and was released before the 2010 season to play for Tampa without ever making an MLS appearance.

He signed with FC Tampa Bay of the USSF Division 2 League in 2010, but chose not to re-sign with the club at the end of the season.

He later signed with new USL Pro franchise Orlando City on March 31, 2011;[3] 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.[4] Valentino played for Orlando City for 5 years, but was not among the Orlando City players to make the move to MLS.[citation needed]

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.[5]

Coaching[edit]

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.[6]

Honours[edit]

Orlando City[edit]

References[edit]

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