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Héctor Daniel "Tito" Villalba (born 26 July 1994) is an Argentine-born Paraguayan footballer who plays as a winger for Atlanta United in Major League Soccer. Villalba's change of national affiliation has been accepted by FIFA so he has made an appearance for the Paraguay national football team.

Héctor Villalba
Tito Villalba - 2017-09-10.jpg
Tito Villalba after signing the Golden Spike for Atlanta United on September 10, 2017
Personal information
Full name Héctor Daniel Villalba
Date of birth (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Winger, Forward
Club information
Current team
Atlanta United
Number 15
Youth career
2004–2012 San Lorenzo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 San Lorenzo 89 (15)
2016– Atlanta United 73 (21)
2016Tijuana (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2018– Paraguay 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2019

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CareerEdit

Villalba was born on 26 July 1994 and lived almost to maturity in the Villa 1-11-14. He arrived in San Lorenzo when he was 10, and was chosen after a test in which 500 boys were selected to start a path to professionalism. He confessed to being a fan of San Lorenzo, and went through all the lower levels at the club.

On 18 August 2012, he made his debut in the Primera Division Argentina, against Estudiantes de La Plata, when he entered in the 37th minute of the second half replacing Luis Aguiar, with Ricardo Caruso Lombardi as team manager.

 
Tito Villalba signing the Golden Spike on September 10th, 2017-09-10

On 22 July 2016, Villaba signed as a young Designated Player with Major League Soccer side Atlanta United.[2] He joined Liga MX side Tijuana on loan on 28 July 2016, but struggled to make many appearances for the club due to injury.[3]

InternationalEdit

Despite being born in Argentina, Héctor is also eligible to represent Paraguay because his father was born there. On September 5, 2018 Villalba made the one-time switch to Paraguay in hopes of making the squad for the 2019 Copa América and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[4]

On September 25, 2018 Villalba was called up to Paraguay along with fellow club teammate Miguel Almirón for a national team camp despite not scheduling any friendlies.[5] He made his competitive debut with Paraguay on November 20 as a substitute in the second half of the friendly match against South Africa.[6]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played on 18 March 2019[7]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental[c] Other[d] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
San Lorenzo 2012–13 Argentine Primera División 9 2 3 0 12 2
2013–14 34 4 1 0 2 0 37 4
2014 15 3 0 0 13 1 1 0 29 4
2015 27 6 2 0 5 0 1 0 35 6
2016 4 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 8 0
Total 89 15 6 0 2 0 22 1 2 0 121 16
Tijuana (loan) 2016–17 Liga MX 1 0 2 0 3 0
Total 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Atlanta United 2017 Major League Soccer 34 13 0 0 1 0 35 13
2018 28 7 1 0 5 1 34 8
2019 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Total 64 20 1 0 0 0 2 0 6 1 73 21
Career totals 154 35 9 0 2 0 24 1 8 1 197 37

InternationalEdit

As of November 20, 2018
National team Year Apps Goals
Paraguay 2018 1 0
Total 1 0

Personal lifeEdit

He can speak Guarani, an indigenous language spoken in Paraguay.[8]

In January 2018, Villalba earned a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[9]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hector Villalba | Atlanta United FC". Atlanta United. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/07/22/atlanta-united-sign-argentine-winger-hector-villalba-young-dp
  3. ^ Usry, Rob (4 August 2016). "Hector Villalba joins Club Tijuana on loan deal".
  4. ^ "Héctor Villalba es paraguayo". ABC Color (in Spanish). 4 September 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Tito Villalba called up to Paraguay". DirtySouthSoccer. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  6. ^ "South Africa v Paraguay game report". ESPN. 20 November 2018.
  7. ^ Héctor Villalba at Soccerway. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  8. ^ King, Andrew (14 June 2018). "Atlanta's Hector Villalba confirms effort to switch eligibility to Paraguay". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  9. ^ Roberson, Doug (22 January 2018). "Atlanta United secures green card for Villalba". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Atlanta's Hector Villalba wins 2017 AT&T Goal of the Year". Major League Soccer. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.

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