97 - Defender
Height: 6' 0"
Age: 22 (April 4, 1997)
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
CAREER: Velásquez began his professional career with Venezuela Primera División side Estudiantes de Caracas, where he made 14 appearances (nine starts) across all competitions in 2016. The following year, Velásquez represented Venezuela in the 2017 CONMEBOL South American U-20 Championship in Ecuador, where he made nine starts and helped his country to a third-place finish. Velásquez then competed with Venezuela in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he tallied one goal and made six appearances (six starts). Velásquez started for Venezuela in the U-20 World Cup Final in a 1-0 loss to England on June 11, 2017.
After the U-20 World Cup, Velásquez joined Watford and was sent on loan to Segunda División B side Real Valladolid B on July 21, 2017, where he made 21 starts (15 appearances). Velásquez was then sent on loan to Spanish side CE Sabadell FC for the Segunda División B campaign, but did not make an appearance. In 2019, Velásquez featured on loan with Japanese Side JEF United Chiba of the J2 league, where he made 10 appearances (one start). Notably, Velásquez was recently called in by the Venezuela U-23 Men’s National Team for the 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament, where he started and played three consecutive first round matches.