Steven Bryce

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Steven Bryce
Personal information
Full name Steven Bryce Valerio
Date of birth (1977-08-16) August 16, 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder,
Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 AD Goicoechea 26 (5)
1997–2000 Saprissa 127 (39)
2000–2005 Alajuelense 211 (43)
2005 Anorthosis 7 (1)
2006 OFI Crete 3 (0)
2006 Brujas 11 (1)
2007 Marathón 26 (10)
2007–2008 Motagua 15 (1)
2008 Alajuelense 0 (0)
2009 UCR 14 (1)
2010 Brisbane Roar 4 (0)
National team
1998–2005 Costa Rica 73 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 August 2011 (UTC)
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Bryce and the second or maternal family name is Valerio.

Steven Bryce Valerio (born August 16, 1977) is a former Costa Rican footballer.[1] Bryce was well known along his career for his polyfunctuonality and his ability to play different roles at the field, such as: attacking midfileder, winger, striker and right back. He is an attacking midfielder with good skills, pace, fast and strong.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Bryce began his career in the Costa Rican first division on loan from Deportivo Saprissa with AD Goicoechea, making his debut on September 22, 1996. After that he played for Deportivo Saprissa and Liga Deportiva Alajuelense whom he joined in August 2000.[2] In his 9 years in Costa Rica, Bryce won 6 national championships, in 1997-98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003-04. In addition, he won a CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 2004.

After his tenure with Alajuelense, he went to play with Anorthosis[3] of the Cypriot First Division and OFI Crete[4] of the Greek Super League. He came back to America after a couple of unsuccessful season in Europe and was signed by Brujas,[5] a new club in his natal Costa Rica owned by a local magnate. Six months later he decided to move to Marathón[6] in Honduras and then to Motagua.[7] He never found his form and game in Honduras and by the end of his contract with Motagua, he suffered and injury[8] that took him out of the fields for almost a year. He signed for Liga Deportiva Alajuelense and started his recovery but did not make it to the pitch one game and was released in summer 2008.[9] In the 2009-2010 season, Bryce was called up by Universidad de Costa Rica[10] a team that desperatively needed players with experience, but again, he never found his form and was released after a few months.

In January 2010, Bryce signed a 1-year deal with Brisbane Roar,[11] but the story repeated itself and just after a few games he decided to put an end on his contract and definitively retire from football.

International career[edit]

At junior level, Bryce played in 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Malaysia, playing in all three of the team's matches, scoring 1 goal against Paraguay.[12]

He made his debut for the senior national team in a January 1998 friendly match against Honduras and collected a total of 73 caps, scoring 9 goals.[13] He has represented his country in 18 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[12] and played at the 1999[14] and 2003 UNCAF Nations Cups[15][16] as well as at the 2002,[17] 2003[18] and 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cups[19] and the 2001[20] and 2004 Copa América.[21]

Most notably however, he represented Costa Rica in the 2002 World Cup, playing in all three of the team's matches, including 2 assists for goals against Brazil and Turkey.[12]

He also was a non-playing squad member at the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[22][23]

He played his final international in a July 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Honduras.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 March 1999 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  El Salvador 1–0 4-0 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
2. 18 August 1999 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Uruguay 4–5 4–5 Friendly match
3. 28 March 2001 Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 19 July 2001 Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia  Bolivia 2–0 4–0 2001 Copa América
5. 16 October 2002 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica  Ecuador 1–1 1–1 Friendly match
6. 20 February 2003 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Honduras 1–0 1–0 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
7. 16 July 2003 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, USA  Cuba 2–0 3–0 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
8. 19 July 2003 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, USA  El Salvador 4–2 5–2 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
9. 7 September 2003 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, USA  China PR 2–0 2–0 Friendly match

Personal life[edit]

He is a son of Eustace Bryce and Mildred Valerio, with whom he lived in Canada in 1991 and 1992.[24] He is married to Cristina Páez. They have a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Samuel.[25]

Honours[edit]

With Costa Rica:

With Deportivo Saprissa:

With Liga Deportiva Alajuelense:

With Club Deportivo Motagua:

  • Copa Interclubes de la UNCAF: 2007

References[edit]

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