Costa Rica int’l González transferred to Palermo

Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez was transferred by the Columbus Crew to Italy's Palermo on August 26, 2014. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Giancarlo Gonzalez’s short career with the Columbus Crew ended Tuesday as the Major League Soccer club announced that it transferred the Costa Rica international to Italian Serie A side Palermo for a reported fee of $5 million.

Columbus acquired the 26-year-old on February 21, 2014, after he spent less than two years with Norway’s Valerenga.  He appeared in 17 matches with the Crew, all of them starts.

Gonzalez has been key to Costa Rica’s recent upsurge.  In addition to playing every minute of the Ticos’ run to the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he scored the only goal in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana final, a 1-0 win over Honduras.  The former Alajuelense standout has played in three CONCACAF Gold Cup matches and 14 World Cup qualifiers.

“We would like to thank Giancarlo for his professionalism and dedication to our organization during his time in Columbus, and we wish him every success on his next career journey in Serie A,” said Columbus Crew head coach Greg Berhalter.  “Our club prides itself on creating a player-first culture where our soccer environment can improve the value of our players.”