Verneri Välimaa

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Verneri Välimaa
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Helsinki, Finland
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Weston FC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 George Mason Patriots 18 (2)
2012–2014 North Carolina Tar Heels 56 (6)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy 4 (1)
2013 Ocala Stampede 7 (1)
2015–2016 Tampa Bay Rowdies 4 (0)
2016Orange County Blues (loan) 22 (0)
2017 JJK 4 (0)
2017Villiketut (loan) 2 (0)
2018 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 6 (0)
National team
United States U-18
Finland U-20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 April 2015

Verneri Välimaa (born 19 January 1993) is a Finnish-American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder.

Career[edit]

College and Youth[edit]

Välimaa was born in Helsinki, Finland, and moved to Coral Springs, Florida at the age of five. In 2010, Välimaa helped Delray Beach American Heritage School to Florida's Class 2A State Championship by scoring 32 goals and distributing 18 assists. In 2011, Välimaa was named Gatorade Florida Boys Soccer Player of the Year 2010-2011, the Sun-Sentinel Player of the Year and an ESPN Rise All-American.

Välimaa began his collegiate career at George Mason University, starting all 18 games for the Patriots and tallying 2 goals and 9 assists. For his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, Välimaa played for the University of North Carolina. He appeared in 56 games for the Tar Heels and was awarded Atlantic Coast Conference Academic honors in his sophomore and junior years.

Tampa Bay Rowdies[edit]

On 30 March 2015 it was announced that Välimaa had signed his first professional contract with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League.[1] Välimaa initially joined the Rowdies as a trialist on 18 March, seeing time against the University of Tampa. He also played against the USF Bulls - where he made an impact by playing in a dangerous cross that led to a USF own goal - and in the preseason finale against Jacksonville Armada FC.

Välimaa's first regular season minutes as a professional footballer came during the Rowdies' April 11 home opener vs. Minnesota United FC. He came on as a substitute in the 76th minute for team captain Marcelo Saragosa.[2]

Orange County Blues FC[edit]

On 24 March 2016, the Rowdies announced they were sending Välimaa to the USL's Orange County Blues FC on a season-long loan.[3]

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC[edit]

On 25 January 2018, Välimaa joined the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC of the United Soccer League.[4][better source needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rowdies Sign Youngster Verneri Välimaa". Tampa Bay Rowdies. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Rowdies Battle Minnesota United to 0-0 Draw". Tampa Bay Rowdies. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Rowdies Loan Midfielder Verneri Välimaa to Orange County Blues". Tampa Bay Rowdies. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  4. ^ Joel Huber (25 January 2018). "2018 Player Tracker". switchbacksfc.com. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. Retrieved 26 February 2018.

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