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Five Things | New Portland Timbers defender Zarek Valentin

The Portland Timbers acquired defender Zarek Valentin today in a trade with the Montreal Impact. Here are five things to know about the new player:

-- Valentin was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA.

-- He was a teammate of Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe when the pair won the 2010 NCAA College Cup Championship with the University of Akron.

-- Valentin made 55 league appearances with Norwegian side Bodø/Glimt across parts of three seasons from 2013-15, helping the side gain promotion to the Tippeligaen following the 2013 season.

-- Was a member of the Montreal Impact’s MLS inaugural season in 2012.

-- Valentin scored his first career MLS goal on July 8, 2012 for the Impact in their 2-1 win over Columbus Crew SC.

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