Valot to attend preseason training with New York Red Bulls
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Former Rider University men’s soccer student-athlete Florian Valot will attend preseason training with the New York Red Bulls first team this month. The 2015 All-Region Second Team and All-MAAC First Team honoree has a chance to become the first Rider soccer player to play as a first division professional in 40 years since Bobby Smith played with the legendary New York Cosmos.
"Flo was injured for much of his senior year, so he did not get drafted,” said Rider Head Coach Charlie Inverso. “He got invited to attend open tryouts and he kept getting asked back. He made their USL team (2nd division) and helped lead them to a championship. Flo has gotten to this point with the Red Bulls by doing it the hard way. (Head Coach) Jesse Marsch really like him and we are all pulling for him. It is exciting because the Red Bulls are one of the best teams in the league and Flo could become the first division 1 pro since Smitty (Bobby Smith) played on the Cosmos with Pele."
Valot played this past season with the Red Bulls’ USL team and helped lead the team to the USL Championship. The Monaco, France, native was the 2014 MAAC and ECAC Rookie of the Year, before leading the Broncs to the 2015 MAAC Championship.
During his two seasons at Rider, Valot made 34 appearances, totaling 13 goals and six assists. He was named to the All-MAAC First Team in both years.
Valot was a member of the Red Bulls II 2016 preseason camp roster in March as a trialist and signed with the team in June. He also appeared in three Premier Development League (PDL) games with the Red Bulls U-23 team. On June 15, Valot provided the game-winning assist for Red Bulls U-23 against Ocean City Nor’easters.
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