Francisco Calvo

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Francisco Calvo
Francisco Calvo - CRC - Gold Cup 2015.jpg
Francisco Calvo with the Costa Rica national team
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Calvo Quesada
Date of birth (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Minnesota United
Number 5
Youth career
2005–2010 Saprissa
2010 San Jacinto Coyotes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Herediano 23 (1)
2012 Pérez Zeledón 21 (5)
2013 Nordsjælland 3 (0)
2013–2015 Herediano 49 (6)
2015 Santos de Guápiles (loan) 21 (5)
2015–2016 Saprissa 63 (14)
2017– Minnesota United 37 (2)
National team
2011 Costa Rica U20 4 (1)
2011– Costa Rica 36 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 June 2018

Francisco Javier Calvo Quesada (born 8 July 1992) is a Costa Rican international footballer who currently plays for and captains Minnesota United FC.

Club career[edit]

After starting with Deportivo Saprissa as a youth player from 2005 to 2010, Calvo moved to the United States to study at San Jacinto College after getting a scholarship and played football at university level during that period.[2]

On his return to Costa Rica in 2011, Calvo played for Herediano before a stint at Pérez Zeledón where he scored 5 goals in 21 matches.[3] In January 2013 he moved abroad to play for then Danish champions Nordsjælland[4] but he returned to Herediano in summer 2013.[5] In January 2015, Calvo joined Santos de Guápiles as a loan.[6]

In late May, Francisco joined Saprissa. In his first season with Saprissa, he appeared in 39 matches and scored 5 goals. The following season, he continued to be a set-piece threat as he scored 9 goals in 24 matches, playing as a defender.

On 27 December 2016 Calvo joined Major League Soccer side Minnesota United FC.[7]

International career[edit]

On 29 May 2011 he made his debut with the Costa Rica senior team in San José in a friendly game against Nigeria.[8] He was also part of Costa Rica in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011.

He was also a reserve call-up for the Costa Rica team at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup,[9] and later impressed senior head coach Ricardo La Volpe to win him a call-up for the Costa Rica squad at the 2011 Copa América.

He made his debut in the competition in a game against Colombia, ended in a 0–1 loss, and a 2–0 win against Bolivia.[10] also Francisco played Argentina in a 3–0 loss.

In May 2018 he was named in Costa Rica’s 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[11]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.[12]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 January 2017 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Honduras 1–1 1–1 2017 Copa Centroamericana
2 13 June 2017 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 11 July 2017 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States  Canada 1–1 1–1 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4 3 June 2018 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Northern Ireland 3–0 3–0 Friendly
Last updated 3 June 2018


  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Francisco Calvo se abre su camino – Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Encuentros de Francisco Calvo en 2012 – Al Día (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Francisco Calvo firmó con el campeón danés – Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Francisco Calvo está cerca de regresar al Herediano – Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Francisco Calvo firmó con Saprissa a partir del Invierno 2015 – Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "MNUFC Signs Dynamic Defender Francisco Calvo". Minnesota United FC. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Francisco Calvo: “I thank God for this opportunity. My coach (Ricardo La Volpe) gave me these moments and I have given my best. – 29 May 2011 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ [1] (in Spanish)
  10. ^ [2] (in Spanish)
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  12. ^ "Calvo, Francisco". National Football Teams. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 

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