Carlos Johnson (footballer)

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Carlos Johnson
Personal information
Full name Carlos Johnson Carpio
Date of birth (1984-07-10) July 10, 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Cartago, Costa Rica
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Right Back
Club information
Current team
Number 27
Youth career
0000–2001 Cartaginés
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Cartaginés 58 (2)
2004–2008 Herediano 91 (4)
2008 Bryne 17 (1)
2009 New York Red Bulls 13 (0)
2010 Once Caldas 6 (0)
2011–2012 Cartaginés 40 (4)
2013 Cartaginés 40 (7)
National team
2001 Costa Rica U-17 4 (0)
2006– Costa Rica 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 23, 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 6, 2011

Carlos Johnson Carpio (born July 10, 1984, in Cartago) is a Costa Rican footballer, who plays for Cartaginés.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Johnson began his career in the Cartaginés youth system.[1] He joined Herediano in 2004[2] and became one of the top right backs in Costa Rica. In his four years at the club Johnson appeared in 91 Primera División de Costa Rica games and notched 4 goals. In 2008 Johnson signed with Norwegian club Bryne FK,[3] and subsequently appeared in 17 matches for the club scoring one goal, but due to the club's economic problems, he was released from his contract in early 2009.

New York Red Bulls[edit]

On March 19, 2009, Johnson signed with the New York Red Bulls,[1] who had been seeking him since the summer transfer window. He made his New York debut on April 5 as a substitute for Jeremy Hall in the 62nd minute of a 1–0 loss to the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.[4] In his first Red Bulls start six days later he was shown the red card in the 78th after taking down Geoff Cameron with a hard sliding tackle in a scoreless draw with the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium.[5][6] After serving a one-match suspension, he was immediately expelled for doing the same to deny Herculez Gomez a goal-scoring opportunity in New York's penalty area two minutes into the next game against the Kansas City Wizards at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on April 23. This established a new Major League Soccer (MLS) record for fastest ejection from a contest, displacing Aidan Heaney who had held the previous mark for almost thirteen years.[7] Claudio López's successful penalty kick as a result of the infraction was the only goal in the Red Bulls' 1–0 defeat.[8] Johnson picked up his third red card of the campaign as a result of an altercation with Michael Harrington right after the final whistle following another 1–0 loss to the Wizards at Giants Stadium on September 12.[9] His three transgressions equaled the league and franchise records for most red cards in one season, which had been established by Branco in 1997.[10] Johnson was waived by New York on February 12, 2010.[11]

On February 22, 2010, he signed with Colombian club Once Caldas at the request of his former coach with New York Juan Carlos Osorio.[12]

Return to Cartaginés[edit]

In January 2011, Johnson returned to hometown club Cartaginés.[13] In May 2014 Cartaginés announced Johnson to continue with the club[14] after dismissing him only 2 months earlier due poor performances.[15]

International career[edit]

Johnson has represented Costa Rica at various levels. He was a member of Costa Rica's U-17 World Cup team in 2001, appearing in all 4 matches.[16]

He made his senior debut for Costa Rica in a March 2006 friendly match against Iran and has, as of May 2014, earned a total of 14 caps, scoring no goals. He represented his country in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[16] and was part of the preliminary squad for the 2006 World Cup but was not selected to travel to Germany.[17] He also played at the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup[18] as well as at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[19]


League Appearances Goals
Costa Rica Primera División de Costa Rica 0 0 91 0 4
Norway Adeccoligaen (Norway) 0 0 17 0 1
United States Major League Soccer 0 0 13 0 0


  1. ^ a b "Red Bulls sign defender Carlos Johnson," Red Bull New York media relations, Thursday, March 19, 2009.[dead link]
  2. ^ Heredia contrató 38 jugadores en tres años - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Futbol de Noruega Cinco ticos se instalan en la liga del frío - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Chicago Fire 1–0 New York Red Bulls, Toyota Park, Sunday, April 5, 2009 – Major League Soccer. Archived January 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Houston Dynamo 0–0 New York Red Bulls, Robertson Stadium, Saturday, April 11, 2009 – Major League Soccer.[dead link]
  6. ^ Rakes, Jeremy. April 12, 2009. "Red Bulls satisfied with road draw,"[dead link]
  7. ^ Rusert, Bob. April 24, 2009. "Osorio pleased with club's mettle in loss,"[dead link]
  8. ^ Kansas City Wizards 1–0 New York Red Bulls, CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Thursday, April 23, 2009 – Major League Soccer. Archived April 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Butler, Dylan (September 12, 2009). "NY postseason hopes end with loss"[dead link]
  10. ^ Lewis, Michael (September 12, 2009). "Seeing Red - Again". Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Red Bull New York waives four players," Red Bull New York media relations, Friday, February 12, 2010.[dead link]
  12. ^ "Costarricense Carlos Johnson, nuevo refuerzo del Once Caldas". Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ Carlos Johnson llega al Cartaginés - Nación (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Carlos Johnson seguirá con Cartaginés - Nación (in Spanish)
  15. ^ Cartaginés separó del equipo a los jugadores Carlos Johnson, Esteban Sirias, Weller Wilson y Félix Montoya - Nación (in Spanish)
  16. ^ a b Carlos JohnsonFIFA competition record
  17. ^ World Soccer. June 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2009 - Details - RSSSF
  19. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2013 - RSSSF

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