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Zarek Valentin will not be back with the Montreal Impact in 2014

Zarek Valentin signs with Norwegian club, Bodø/Glimt, for 2 more years after not reaching an agreement with the Montreal Impact. The MLS club retains his MLS rights when the player decides to come back to the league.


Zarek Valentin was a highly touted expansion draft pick in 2011, under the Jesse Marsch era. The talented young right back had a good start in 2012 but lost his place due to injuries and competition. Under Marco Schallibaum, Valentin was not kept with the MLS squad and loaned to Bodø/Glimt, in Norway.

He helped the Norwegian second division club earn promotion to Norway's first division Tippeligaen and played a total of 27 games in 2012. The Montreal Impact could not find an agreement with Valentin as the right back was out of contract.

The club still holds the rights to Valentin when he comes back to MLS, even without a contract, as per MLS rules.

Jan Halvor Halvorsen, head coach of Bodø/Glimt

via (via google translate)

Happy about signing Valentin for 2 years

He is a defender type that suits our style of play very well [....]. In addition, he is a great guy also off the pitch.He found himself to be very comfortable in Bodø. He thrives in the team and the city. Now we have extended the contract with three players we would have to continue. It's really good.

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