Deacon midfielder is one of 34 players named to the preseason watch list
About Valentin: Soccer America Preseason All-American... NSCAA First Team All-South, Second Team All-America... ACC First Team honors... named to ESPN's Academic All-District III team... Soccer America First-Team All All-American... one of three NCAA starters on U-20 Men's National Team... proved to be one of the top defenders in the nation last year... confident on the ball with great leadership ability... a leader by example... described as charismatic and a warrior... physical player that is strong in the air and dangerous on set pieces... a strong performance in 2007 will be essential for team success.
IN 2006: One of three players to start all 25 games... recorded four goals and one assist... led 2007 returning players in game winning goals... registered game-winning double OT goal vs. Connecticut (10/10/06)... landed lone goal in WFU's 1-0 victory over third-ranked UNC (10/13/06)... earned ACC, Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America Player of the Week honors for game winning goals vs. UConn and UNC... U-20 National Team Member, helped squad advance to Elite 8 for only the second time in the last decade.
In 2005: Started and played in 22 games... scored three goals and added an assist for a total of seven points... recorded 14 shots... tallied goals against St. Joseph's on Sept. 20, Maryland on Sept. 30 and NC State on Oct. 30... registered the gamewinning assist in the NCAA Tournament victory over Old Dominion on Nov. 22... helped the Deacons log nine shutouts on the season and post a goals against average of 0.98... went a span of 241:45 without surrendering a goal and did not even allow St. Joseph's a single shot on Sept. 20... helped limit opponents to seven or fewer shots on nine separate occasions... earned Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Year (2nd).
In 2004: Played in 17 games, starting 12 at outside back... recorded two goals and one assist on 14 shots... recorded an assist in his first collegiate game against Ohio State on Sept. 3... tallied first career goal in the 4-2 triumph over Maryland on Oct. 2... scored against VCU in the third round of the NCAA Tournament... named to the All-ACC freshman team... named Top Drawer Soccer Freshman All-American second team.
Prep: Member of the U.S. U-18 and U-20 National Teams and the captain of the U.S. Residency program in Bradenton, Fla. ... is a two-time adidas Youth All-American... a member of the U.S. U-17 national team that participated in the 2003 World Championships in Finland... a former standout on his FC Leeds United club team and captain of his Region I team.
Personal: An English major with a journalism minor... chose Wake Forest over North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson and Penn State... born Feb. 2, 1987 in Lancaster, Pa. ... the son of Debra Miller and Manuel Valentin.