Michael Umaña

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Umaña and the second or maternal family name is Corrales.
Míchael Umaña
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Umaña playing for Costa Rica at the 2006 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Míchael Umaña Corrales
Date of birth (1982-07-16) July 16, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back , Right back
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Carmelita
2003–2005 Herediano
2005 Los Angeles Galaxy 15 (0)
2005–2006 Brujas 11 (1)
2006–2007 Herediano 38 (0)
2007–2010 Liberia Mia 67 (4)
2010–2011 Chivas USA 50 (1)
2012–2013 Comunicaciones 46 (3)
2013–2014 Saprissa 20 (1)
2014– Perspolis
National team
2004 Costa Rica Olympic 4 (0)
2004– Costa Rica 83 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 28, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2014

Míchael Umaña Corrales (born July 16, 1982 in Santa Ana) is a Costa Rican footballer who plays as a defender for Deportivo Saprissa and the Costa Rica national football team.

Club career[edit]

Umaña played for AD Carmelita and Herediano in his native Costa Rica before coming to the United States in 2005 to play in Major League Soccer with Los Angeles Galaxy.

Umaña was released by Galaxy after the 2005 season after an unsuccessful campaign, and returned to Costa Rica to play for Brujas. He moved back to Herediano in 2006, and transferred to Liberia Mia in 2007, where he spent the next three seasons.

After winning the 2009 Torneo Verano of the Primera División de Costa Rica in with Liberia Mia, Umaña returned to the United States in 2010 to play for his former club's cross-town rivals, Chivas USA. Umaña scored his first goal with Chivas USA in a Superliga 2010 match against Puebla.

Umaña spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons with Chivas USA. In January 2012, after his release from Chivas, he signed with Guatemalan side Comunicaciones.[1]

International career[edit]

Umaña played for the Costa Rican national team at various youth levels, and was part of their squad at the 2004 Summer Olympics, before becoming part of the senior squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. He played in all three of Costa Rica's group matches at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as the team was eliminated without winning a point.[2]

In June 2014, Umaña was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[3] In the team's team's first two group matches, he and his central defensive colleagues Giancarlo González and Óscar Duarte allowed only one goal as Los Ticos beat Uruguay (3–1) and Italy (1–0) to qualify for the knockout stage.[4][5] During the round of 16, Umaña converted Costa Rica's decisive fifth kick in a 5–3 penalty shootout defeat of Greece.[6] In the quarter-final against the Netherlands, Umaña was one of two Costa Ricans to have his kick saved by Tim Krul in a 4–3 penalty shootout loss.[7]


Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]


  1. ^ Serrano, Adam (4 January 20012). "Chivas USA part ways with Umana, three others". Major League Soccer. 
  2. ^ "Michael URENA". FIFA. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Costa Rica World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Italy 0-1 Costa Rica". BBC. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Costa Rica 1-1 Greece". BBC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica". BBC. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 

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