Chivas USA went with the safer, more likely to contribute right away player in Zarek Valentin over Akron teammate Kofie Sarkodie. With former two-time MLS Defensive Player of the Year Robin Fraser the new coach at Chivas, there was little question a defensive player would go here.
Valentin will almost certainly start camp as a starter at fullback. His passing has been considered one of his top assets, although he had just one assist during two years at Akron.
Chivas USA was probably somewhat impressed by the fact that Valentin speaks fluent Spanish and has been on the United States youth teams ever since U-15.