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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.


Giancarlo González


“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 – Gregg Berhalter.

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.

Photo of 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
Position: Defender
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 185
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 (2008-2012)
 

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