Jairo Arrieta

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Jairo Arrieta
Personal information
Full name Jairo Arrieta Obando
Date of birth (1983-08-25) 25 August 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Nicoya, Costa Rica
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
New York Cosmos
Number 25
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Guanacasteca 60 (12)
2004–2006 Brujas 56 (11)
2006–2012 Saprissa 178 (48)
2012–2014 Columbus Crew 67 (17)
2015 D.C. United 25 (5)
2016– New York Cosmos 7 (2)
National team
2004 Costa Rica U23 6 (2)
2011– Costa Rica 17 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 April 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2015
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Arrieta and the second or maternal family name is Obando.

Jairo Arrieta Obando (born 25 August 1983) is a Costa Rican footballer, who plays for New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.


Costa Rica[edit]

Arrieta was born in Nicoya,[1] Costa Rica. Before moving to Deportivo Saprissa, he played for Guanacasteca and their successors Brujas.[1] While with Saprissa, Arrieta scored 48 goals in 178 league matches. He also played an important part in Saprissa's Costa Rican league titles in 2006–07, 2007-08 Apertura, 2007-08 Clausura, 2008-09 Apertura, and 2010 Clausura.

Columbus Crew[edit]

In April 2012, Arrieta signed a 2 12-year agreement with Columbus Crew, moving to play outside of Costa Rica for the first time in his career.[2][3] Arrieta made his MLS debut for the Crew on 14 July 2012, playing 62 minutes in a loss to Sporting Kansas City at home.[4] This came just 17 days after 27 June transfer window opened. Two weeks later, in a rematch at Kansas City, Arrieta scored his first MLS goal in the 17th minute of the match, following with the game winner in the 34th minute.[5] After only his third game in MLS, Arrieta was named League Player of the Week with a 2-goal performance in a Columbus win against Sporting Kansas City.[6]

D.C. United[edit]

Orlando City SC selected Arrieta in the 6th round of the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft. He was later traded to D.C. United ahead of the 2015 season in exchange for an international roster spot.[7]

New York Cosmos[edit]

Arrieta signed with New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League on January 14, 2016.[8]

International career[edit]

Arrieta played with the Costa Rica under-23 team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[9]

He made his senior debut for Costa Rica in a December 2011 friendly match against Cuba and has, as of January 2014, earned a total of 15 caps, scoring 4 goals. He has represented his country in 1 FIFA World Cup qualification match[9] and played at the 2013 Copa Centroamericana.[10] His two goals in the tournament, his first two for his country, were enough to earn him the Golden Boot award as the tournament's top scorer.[11] Because of his performance at the Copa Centroamericana, Arrieta was called up by Costa Rica for their World Cup qualifying match against Panama on 6 February 2013.[12]

He also played at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[13]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Reference
1. 18 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Belize 1–0 1–0 2013 Copa Centroamericana [14]
2. 22 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Guatemala 1–0 1–1 2013 Copa Centroamericana [15]
3. 28 March 2013 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Canada 1–0 1–0 Friendly [16]
4. 9 July 2013 Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, USA  Cuba 2–0 3–0 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup [17]


Arrieta holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[18]



  1. ^ a b "¿Será la vencida de Arrieta?". Ovación. 18 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Fútbol Consultants Coloca a Jairo Arrieta en el Columbus Crew de la MLS" (in Spanish). Futbol Consultants. 26 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Crew signs Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta". thecrew.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Sharret, Cody. "Takeaway Points: Sporting Kansas City". thecrew.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Recap: Arrieta bags brace as Crew hold off Sporting 2–1". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Double strike earns Crew's Arrieta Player of the Week nod". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/soccer-insider/wp/2015/01/14/d-c-united-acquires-costa-rican-forward/?postshare=8541421247702280
  8. ^ http://www.nycosmos.com/news/2016/01/14/cosmos-sign-forward-jairo-arrieta
  9. ^ a b Jairo ArrietaFIFA competition record
  10. ^ Costa Rica Gana su septima Copa Centroamericana - UNCAF
  11. ^ Lathan, Brent. "Centroamericana Cup heavy on MLS talent, light on goals". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jairo Arrieta earns international call-up". Columbus Crew. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  13. ^ CONCACAF Gold Cup 2013 Rosters - Gold Cup
  14. ^ "Match Report". CONCACAF. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Match Report". CONCACAF. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Canada 0, Costa Rica 1 | International Friendly Recap". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "COSTA RICA 3 – 0 CUBA". CONCACAF. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  18. ^ http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-city-lions/os-orlando-city-international-players-1214-20141213-story.html

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