Costa Rica international Marco Ureña (yellow jersey), shown playing for Brondby, in 2016 joined the San Jose Earthquakes on January 27, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Brøndby IF)
SAN JOSE, California – The San Jose Earthquakes announced Friday that the club has signed Costa Rica international Marco Ureña to a multi-year contract.
The 26-year-old forward comes to San Jose after six months with Denmark’s Brondby, where he appeared in 16 matches, including a pair of UEFA Europa League qualifiers.
“I think he’s going to be a good addition to the team,” said Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear. “He’s a Costa Rican international, who’s played in some big tournaments. We brought him here to score goals and help us win and that’s what we expect of him.”
Ureña began his career with Costa Rica’s Alajuelense in 2008, helping the Manudos to 2010 Invierno and 2011 Verano titles, before moving to Kuban Krasnodar in Russia three years later. He made 36 appearances for the club and then joined Denmark’s FC Midtjylland on loan in August of 2014. Ureña agreed to a permanent move in December 2014. With FC Midtjylland, he tallied six goals and six assists in 38 appearances, helping it win the Superliga crown. Ureña later moved to Brondby in July of 2016.
With Costa Rica, the 45-time capped Ureña (10 goals) appeared in four games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scoring in a 3-1 win over Uruguay. In addition to World Cup heroics, he was joint-top scorer at the 2011 Copa Centroamericana with three goals and added three more at that year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Ureña has also competed in the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup (4 games, 1 goal) and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup (7 games, 3 goals). He also played in the 2016 Copa America Centenario (2 games, 0 goals).