Jorge Valenzuela
Jorge Valenzuela
Jorge Valenzuela is the 11th person associated with the men's soccer program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame. He is the second goalkeeper to be inducted into the shrine. Valenzuela owns three of the five career records for goalkeepers at USC Upstate. He tops the program with 52 wins, 10 more than second on the all-time list. His 28 shutouts top the all-time list, three ahead of the next closest player in the history of the program. His 393 saves is also the all-time mark at the school. Valenzuela led the team in saves, goals against average and shutouts in 1984, 1985, and 1986. His 0.75 goals against average in 1984 and his 0.81 goals against average in 1986 rank among the top single-season efforts in school history. His 155 saves in 1985 is the top single-season mark in school history. In his four years in the program, he helped lead the team to a 65-15-6 record. As a starter in the net from 1983-86, he led the then-Rifles to 44 wins against just 14 losses and five ties. He was the starting goalkeeper as USCS made three straight trips to the NAIA National Tournament, earning berths in the Final Four and finishing third for three straight seasons. Valenzuela was highly decorated as a player. He earned NAIA All-America honors three times, was a two-time NSCAA All-America selection, and earned NAIA District Six All-District honors on three occasions. After leaving USCS, Valenzuela enjoyed a professional playing career in the United States, playing in the A-League, the highest professional soccer league in the country at the time. He played for various teams including the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and the Anaheim Splash. Valenzuela currently lives in San Diego, Calif., and operates two businesses. He owns Speed Trainers USA, a business designed to increase the speed and agility of soccer players. He is a regional director and independent contractor for Visalus Sciences. His brother, Ricardo, was a referee with FIFA, officiating matches at all levels throughout the world.

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