Leesburg, VA. (January 12, 2024) – Loudoun United FC today announced that the club has signed experienced midfielder Florian Valot to a one-year contract with an option for the 2025 season, pending league and federation approval.
2016 USL Championship title winner Florian Valot joins Loudoun United FC with a plethora of experience competing with Miami FC, FC Cincinnati, New York Red Bulls and New York Red Bulls II.
“We are excited to welcome Florian [Valot] to Loudoun United,” said Head Coach Ryan Martin. “Florian is a proven winner who has many years of experience in the USL and MLS. He is a smart player that can break the last line of defense and push others behind. He will be a leader for this group and a key part of creating chances.”
For the past two seasons, the midfielder played 59 matches for Miami FC in the USL Championship, recording seven goals and 11 assists.
Valot’s professional career journey in North America started when he joined New York Red Bulls II in 2016. The French international saw early success with the club, winning the 2016 USL Championship Cup. He went on the captain the team the following season and totaled 56 appearances during his time with Red Bulls II, tallying 13 goals and 13 assists.
Valot joined New York Red Bulls in December 2017. He recorded an assist in his debut with the MLS side in a 2-0 victory against Mexican foe Tijuana in the CONCACAF Champions League. The French international helped the Red Bulls win the MLS Supporters’ Shield in his first season with the club. Over two seasons, Valot scored five goals and eight assists in his 50 appearances for the club.
In August 2021, New York Red Bulls traded Valot to FC Cincinnati, where he appeared nine times.
Born in Pau, France, Valot spent his youth years playing in the Paris Saint-Germain youth system and Monaco’s reserve team before attending Rider University in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. He played 34 matches across two collegiate seasons, scoring 13 goals and dishing out six assists.
Player: Florian Valot
Birthplace: Pau, France