Rob Valentino #22 Defense


WHAT HAS MADE ORLANDO CITY THE TEAM AND CLUB YOU’VE REALLY THRIVED AT AS A DEFENDER?

The setup around me is the biggest thing. Everyone from the front office to the coaches, it’s an environment where it’s easy to thrive. The coaches are top-level and it’s fun to play here. This organization has been great to me, from first signing here to where I am now. Orlando really has the tools to be the best club around and I’m happy to be a part of it.
WHAT ABOUT PLAYING DEFENSE DO YOU LIKE THE BEST?

I’ve played defense my whole life. If you’re defending, you only need one mistake to let a goal get past you. If you happen to be a forward, you have a little more freedom to make a mistake and keep going with the match. My dad instilled in me at a very young age that offense wins games but defense wins championships. I always want to win championships. It’s one of those things where you hate to lose and love to win. Every time you give up a goal it’s almost like a dagger to heart. You never want to give up a goal.
WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE PERSONALLY FOR THE REST OF THIS SEASON?

It’s the same as every other year. I want to win every game I step out on the field to compete on. As a team, we focus on whatever game is up next. Whether that’s an Open Cup match or a playoff game – that’s the most important game for us, whatever’s up next.
Position: Defense
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 190 lbs.
Born: 12/21/1985
Hometown:
Danville, CA
Last Club: FC Tampa Bay

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