CREW signs Costa
Rican Giancarlo González
Feb. 21, 2014: The Columbus Crew today announced that it
has signed Costa Rican National Team defender Giancarlo
González. The 26-year-old centerback most recently played in
Norway’s Tippeligaen for two seasons after playing in Costa
Rica’s Primera League from 2008-2012. González will be added to
the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer
Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa. Per club and MLS policy,
additional terms of the signing were not disclosed.
“Giancarlo is a very experienced, young and promising centerback,"
said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.
“He has experience in Europe and international experience with
the Costa Rican National Team. He's been a solid starter all
through FIFA World Cup Qualifying for Costa Rica and we feel he
is going to be a good addition to our team.
“He’s dangerous on offensive set pieces and he's a good passer
of the ball,” continued Berhalter. “He’s good in one-v-one
tackling and he has leadership qualities. He’s proven that he
can win with Alajuelense in Costa Rica and with the Costa Rica
National Team, so we like all of those qualities.”
González joins the Black & Gold
from Norwegian First Division side Vĺlerenga where he made 27
appearances and scored three goals over one and a half full
seasons. In 2013, González made 25 appearances – including 20
starts – and scored three goals in his second season in Norway.
Prior to his departure for Norway, González played with
Alajuelense of Costa Rica’s Primera Division and made 57
regular-season appearances and scored six goals from 2009-2012
after joining the club for a portion of the club’s 2008-2009
CONCACAF Champions League run. During 2011-2012 CONCACAF
Champions League play – González’s second experience in the
tournament – he made six appearances, including an August 25,
2011 Group A match in Carson, California against the LA Galaxy
(a 2-0 Galaxy win) and starting defender – and now Crew boss –
Internationally, González has earned 31 total caps for Costa
Rica dating back to his debut against Peru in a friendly on
October 9, 2010. In total, González has scored two goals for his
country, including a tally in the May 25, 2012 friendly against
Guatemela and the game-winning goal to secure Costa Rica’s Copa
Centroamericana 1-0 win over Honduras alongside Crew forward and
fellow countryman Jairo Arrieta on January 27, 2013. Across his
31 caps, González has seen time in 10 friendlies, three CONCACAF
Gold Cup matches, four Copa Centroamerica tilts and 14 FIFA
World Cup Qualifiers. He started in both 2013 FIFA World Cup
Qualifier matches against the United States in 2013 (March 27
and September 7) and most recently started in the 2-1 win for
Los Ticos over Mexico on October 16, 2013. González also
represented his country on two occasions at the Under-20 level.
Giarcarlo González courtesy of Columbus Crew Communications.
TRANSACTION: Crew signs Giancarlo González as a Discovery
Signing on February 21, 2014.
Name: Giancarlo González
Pronunciation: JEE-anne-carlo González
Born: February 8, 1988 in San Jose, Costa Rica
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
Citizenship: Costa Rica
Acquired: Signed as a Discovery Signing on
February 21, 2014
Previous Experience: Vĺlerenga (2012-2013), Alajuelense