West Brom snares Costa Rica int’l Gamboa

Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa, shown in a duel with the Netherlands' Arjen Robben during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, joined West Bromwich Albion on August 5, 2014. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

WEST BROMWICH, England – West Bromwich Albion announced Tuesday that it has completed the signing of Costa Rica international Cristian Gamboa.

The 24-year-old, who appeared in all five of the Ticos’ matches during their run to the quarterfinals at the recently completed FIFA World Cup, joins the English Premier League side from Norway’s Rosenborg.

“Cristian is a player I was extremely impressed by during the World Cup,” said West Brom head coach Alan Irvine.  “Cristian is a quick, aggressive defender with good energy levels.  He gets up and down the pitch really well and we believe he will continue to improve.”

Gamboa launched his career with Liberia Mia, winning the 2009 Costa Rican Verano.

In 2010, the versatile right-sided defender/midfielder linked up with Norway’s Fredrikstad, but was quickly acquired by FC Copenhagen, with which he played in the 2011/12 Europa League and won the 2011/12 Danish Cup.

In the summer of 2012, Gamboa returned to Norway with Rosenborg on loan and earned a permanent move later that year.