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Nashville SC selects defender Zarek Valentin No. 4 overall in MLS Expansion Draft

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nashville SC today selected Portland Timbers defender Zarek Valentin with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft.

Valentin, 28, appeared in 107 matches (96 starts) and tallied seven assists across all competitions for the Timbers after joining the club at the beginning of the 2016 season in a trade with the Montreal Impact. In six MLS seasons, Valentin has made 132 appearances (120 starts), logging two goals and six assists.

“There was always a strong likelihood that we were always going to lose a player in the expansion draft given our depth and talent,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers.