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Jorge Dely Valdés

Personal information
Full nameJorge Luis Dely Valdés
Date of birthMarch 12, 1967(age 49)
Place of birthColón, Panama, Panama
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11.6 in)
Playing positionForward

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Jorge Luis Dely Valdés (born March 12, 1967 in Colon, Panama) is a Panamanian football player. He is a twin brother of Julio Dely Valdés and younger brother of Armando Dely Valdés.

Dely Valdés began his professional career in 1989 in Argentina with Deportivo Paraguayo of Argentina, where he scored 28 goals. A move to El Porvenir for the 1990 season did not prove successful, as a leg injury kept him out most of the season, and he moved to Nacional of Uruguay the next season, where he won the Uruguayan Championship in 1992. In the next year, he won the Chilean Cup championship with Unión Española.

Dely Valdés then moved to the J. League, where he played with Toshiba. In his first season, 1993, he led the J. League scoring table with 20 goals, and improved that in 1994, again leading the league with 34. Delys Valdés was transferred to Cerezo Osaka for the 1995 season, and continued his dominance, scoring 19 goals. In the subsequent season he moved to Tosu Futures, where he scored 24 goals. For the 1998 season, Dely Valdés was signed by a second division club, Consadole Sapporo, looking to return to the first division; Jorge helped the team do just that, by scoring 40 goals in leading the team back. Dely Valdés remained with Sapporo in 1999, scoring 20 goals that season.

Delys Valdés returned to CONCACAF following the 1999 J. League season to play in Major League Soccer for the Colorado Rapids. Delys Valdés continued his scoring rate in the 1999 MLS season, registering 10 goals and 6 assists in 32 games for the Rapids. He continued to score in 2000, registering another 7 goals and 1 assist in 20 games, 13 starts, for the Rapids.

Jorge was a very dangerous striker for the Panama national team for over a decade, playing with the team in the 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cup Qualifying cycles.

In the Gold Cup of 2005, he scored two goals and led Panama to the final match against the United States.


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