• Wednesday Dec 27, 2017

    Barrantes, Hernandez join Saprissa

    Michael Barrantes (pictured) has enjoyed a successful career at the club level and with Costa Rica. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Saprissa announced Tuesday that midfielder Michael Barrantes and left-back Luis Hernandez have joined the club ahead of the 2018 Costa Rican Verano season.

    After both competed for Grecia in the 2017 Invierno, Barrantes agreed to an 18-month deal with the Monstruo Morado, while Hernandez returns from a six-month loan stint.

    Barrantes, who was originally with Saprissa from 2007-10, appeared in two games for Costa Rica in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  The 34-year-old also played in two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup (2007: 4 games/0 goals; 2013: 3/2, both goals in 3-0 win v Cuba).  His club career has taken him to Norway (Aalesund) and China (Shanghai Shenxin, Wuhan Zall).

    With Grecia, Hernandez scored three goals in 21 games during the 2017 Invierno, making his first division debut against Alajuelense on July 30, 2017.  He has played for Costa Rica in the FIFA U-17 World Cup (2015: 5/0; 2017: 3/0).

    Saprissa will open play in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League against Round of 16 opponent Club America (1st leg: February 21, home; 2nd leg: February 28, away).



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