6 - Daniel Valdez
Daniel Valdez
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Ecuador
High School: Wesley Chapel HS
Position: M
Major: International Business

AS A JUNIOR (2011)
Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week
Saint Leo Athlete of the Week for the week of 10/24/11…Competed in 12 games for the Lions…Compiled 933 minutes of playing time…Scored two goals and added one assist for five points…Posted two game-winning goals…Fired three shots toward the net for a .750 shot-on-goal percentage…Finished top-five on the team in number of points.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2010)
Appeared in 14 games at the midfield position...Made 10 starts…Registered one goal and two assists for four points…Amassed 840 minutes of playing time...Scored the first goal of his collegiate career in a 5-0 win over Tennessee Temple (09/03/10)…Delivered his first career assist, also against Tennessee Temple.

AS A FRESHMAN (2009)
Valdez wasted no time in establishing himself as a Lions’ regular…The freshman played in 14 of 15 contests and made 13 starts, while amassing 948 minutes of playing time…The right-back helped manage the center the field for SLU, while posting seven shots on the offensive end.

CAREER
Valdez was named team MVP for Inter-Americana HS in Ecuador…Named team MVP for his Emgeba HS squad in Spain…Was the Sun Bowl MVP in Tampa, Fla.…Concluded his high school career by being named team MVP at Wesley Chapel HS and Pasco County MVP.

PERSONAL
Born June 17 in Guayaquil, Ecuador…International Business major…He enjoys fishing and soccer…His career goal is to obtain his graduate degree…Believes his best asset to the team is his hard work…Names Kaka is favorite athlete and Real Madrid his favorite team…He chose Saint Leo because of the soccer program and its strong academic standing…Son of Wellington Valdez and Aima Sierra….Has two siblings, Jean Carlo and Joao Valdez…His father played professional soccer in Ecuador for the Emelec squad.