Impact de Montreal acquires Costa Rica int’l Venegas

Johan Venegas (red jersey) shown in Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League action for his old team -- Alajuelense -- against his new team -- the Impact de Montreal -- on March 18, 2015. (Photo: Mexsport)

MONTREAL - The Impact de Montreal announced on Monday that it has completed the transfer of Costa Rica international Johan Venegas from Alajuelense.

The 26-year-old attacker appeared in all four of the Ticos’ games in the recently completed CONCACAF Gold Cup, making four starts. Since his debut last year, Venegas has scored four goals in 15 internationals, netting twice in the Central American Cup and once each against Uruguay and Spain in friendlies.

"Johan is a quality player at a good age," said Impact head coach Frank Klopas. "He will help this team in the second half of the season and he is a good addition for the future of this club."

With Alajuelense, Venegas captured the 2013 Costa Rican Invierno title.

In the 2014/15 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) semifinals, Montreal eliminated Alajuelense on the away-goals rule after their series ended 4-4 on aggregate. Venegas played in both of those matches, but did not score. In 13 all-time SCCL games, he has two goals, both against D.C. United.

During his career, Venegas has also played for Costa Rican clubs Puntarenas FC, Santos de Guapiles and Barrio Mexico.