• Thursday Dec 22, 2016

    Saprissa transfers Costa Rica int’l Guzman to Portland Timbers

    David Guzman (left), was transferred by Saprissa to the Portland Timbers on December 22, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)

    PORTLAND, Oregon – The Portland Timbers announced Thursday that they have acquired Costa Rica international David Guzman via a full transfer from recently-crowned Costa Rican champion Saprissa.

    The 26-year-old midfielder had played with the Monstruo Morado since 2009, winning five league titles.  He has appeared in five editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL), competing in 16 games, including four during the 2016/17 group stage.  His only goal was scored in a 4-0 win over visiting DirecTV W Connection on August 20, 2015.

    "Guzman is a true No. 6 and will be a good fit on both sides of the ball,” said Portland head coach Caleb Porter.  “He is a technical, possession-type player and is smart positionally to help connect our midfield and back line defensively.  David is also hungry to win more trophies and we feel his edge will complement the other players in our squad."

    Most recently, Guzman played in 23 games and netted three goals as Saprissa won the 2016 Invierno crown, the 33rd domestic championship in club history.

    With Costa Rica, Guzman has earned 25 caps, seeing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup (2011. 2015), the Copa America (2011) and the Copa Centroamericana (2011).  He has made two appearances in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    Saprissa, which sent defender Adolfo Machado to the Houston Dynamo a day earlier, went unbeaten in two 2016/17 SCCL group stage games against Portland, winning 4-2 at home and drawing 1-1 on the road.


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