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Carlos Darwin Quintero Villalba (born 19 September 1987) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a forward for MLS club Minnesota United. He is a naturalized citizen of Mexico.[2]

Darwin Quintero
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Quintero playing for Minnesota United in 2018
Personal information
Full name Carlos Darwin Quintero Villalba[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-19) 19 September 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Tumaco, Colombia
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Minnesota United
Number 25
Youth career
2004–2005 Deportes Tolima
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Deportes Tolima 55 (24)
2007–2008 Krylia Sovetov 11 (1)
2008 Deportivo Pereira 34 (17)
2009–2014 Santos Laguna 187 (50)
2014–2018 América 107 (17)
2018– Minnesota United 53 (21)
National team
2008–2012 Colombia 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 15, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 15, 2013


Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

After being transferred from Deportes Tolima in the Copa Mustang to FC Krylia Sovetov Samara along with fellow Colombian and Tolima Team Mate Juan Carlos Escobar in Russia he quickly returned to Colombia after an unsuccessful run in Europe.

Santos LagunaEdit

In 2009, Quintero was transferred to Club Santos Laguna of the Mexican Primera División for $4 million. Quintero made his debut against Club América losing 2–1 playing all 90 minutes. Quintero scored his first goal against Chivas in which Santos won 2–1. Quintero scored two goals against Montreal Impact in the Concacaf Champions League in a 5–2 win.

Quintero scored his first goal of the 2011–2012 season against Atlante F.C. in a 3–0 win. He then scored his second goal against Club Tijuana, which Santos lost 3–1. Quintero scored another goal against Puebla F.C. in which the game ended 2–1 to Santos. On week 12 Quintero scored another goal against Querétaro F.C.. The game ended 3–1. After six games undefeated Santos lost to Estudiantes Tecos where Quintero scored the first goal for Santos, but the game ended in a 5–2 defeat for his club. The week after that Quintero scored the first goal of the game against Club América on the third minute in an eventual 1–1 draw. In the playoffs Quintero scored the first goal against Chiapas in a 2–1 win. Quintero scored his first goal of the Calusura 2012 against Club Tijuana, where Santos won 3–1. On Week 11 he scored his second goal away at Cruz Azul in a 1–0 win for Santos. Quintero scored his third goal of the Clausura 2012 season making this his ninth goal in the 2011–2012 season against Toluca in an away game which ended 3–1 on April 1.

On November 27, 2014 Quintero announced that he was leaving Club Santos Laguna.


On December 16, 2014 Quintero was transferred to Club América. He scored on his debut against León on January 10, 2015. He won his first title with América after winning the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League. Quintero also won the 2015–16 edition of the Champions League with the club.

Prior to the Clausura 2017, it was announced that Quintero would be placed on the transfer list. On January 5, 2017, after not being able to find a new team to play in, it was confirmed that he would be part of the squad for the Clausura.

Minnesota UnitedEdit

On March 31, 2018, Quintero joined Major League Soccer side Minnesota United as a Designated Player, the first in the club's history.[3] The transfer fee paid was a reported $200,000.[4] On July 4, 2018, Quintero scored a hat trick in a home match versus Toronto FC, the first in Minnesota United's history.[5]

International careerEdit

He was part of the Colombia U-20 national team in 2007 and made his senior Colombia debut against Paraguay on 11 October 2008 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match. He scored his first goal against Mexico in a 2–1 friendly win on 30 September 2009.[3]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.[6]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. 30 September 2009 Cotton Bowl, Dallas, United States   Mexico 2–0 2–1 Friendly


In March 2019, Quintero earned a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[7]



  1. ^ a b "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 presented by Alibaba E-Auto: List of Players" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Darwin Quintero ya es mexicano". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Darwin Quintero". Minnesota United. 30 March 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
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  5. ^ "Incredible Darwin Quintero hat trick sinks Toronto FC". MLS. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Carlos Quintero International Statistics"., Retrieved on 18 July 2014
  7. ^ "Quintero Receives Green Card". Minnesota United FC. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Champions League 2012/2013 — Topscorers". Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ "Tyler Adams, Darwin Quintero added to 2018 MLS All-Star roster". MLS. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2019.

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