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Valdes wants to please Union fans

Central defender Carlos Valdes enjoyed a strong debut with the Union in their MLS season opener on Saturday, a 1-0 win at Houston. Valdes frequently covered up for teammates who were beaten by an attacking Dynamo team.

Central defender Carlos Valdes enjoyed a strong debut with the Union in their MLS season opener on Saturday, a 1-0 win at Houston. Valdes frequently covered up for teammates who were beaten by an attacking Dynamo team.

Though he was cool under fire, the 25-year-old Valdes admits to being a little nervous entering his home debut. The Union will host the Vancouver Whitecaps at 4 p.m. Saturday at sold-out PPL Park.

"I am excited, but I feel a lot of responsibility because it is my first game in front of the fans, and I want to start out well," Valdes said through an interpreter.

Accustomed to first-rate competition, Valdes has been a member of the Colombian national team since 2008 and last year played for the Colombian First Division club Independiente Santa Fe. Of course, the difference now is familiarity.

Valdes said he has been leaning on his teammates to help him learn about the top players and teams in MLS.

Winning his first game with the Union was a bit of a relief because he didn't want to let his teammates down.

"When somebody is new to a team, you are always looking to perform and provide everything you can to your teammates," Valdes said. "So getting that first win was great."

- Marc Narducci

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