Michael Umaña

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Míchael Umaña
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Michael Umaña in Persepolis.
Personal information
Full name Míchael Umaña Corrales
Date of birth (1982-07-16) July 16, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre back, Right back
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Carmelita
2003–2004 Herediano
2004–2005 LA Galaxy (loan) 15 (0)
2005–2006 Brujas 13 (1)
2006–2007 Herediano 38 (0)
2007–2010 Liberia Mía 67 (4)
2010–2011 Chivas USA 50 (1)
2012 Comunicaciones 47 (3)
2013–2014 Saprissa 52 (4)
2014–2016 Persepolis 46 (0)
2016–2017 Liberia-Alajuelense 9 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Costa Rica Olympic 4 (0)
2004– Costa Rica 96 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2015

Míchael Umaña Corrales (born July 16, 1982 in Santa Ana) is a Costa Rican footballer who last play as a defender for Liga Deportiva Alajuelense[1] in the Costa Rican FPD.

Club career[edit]

Umaña played for Carmelita and Herediano in his native Costa Rica before coming to the United States in 2005 to play on loan in Major League Soccer with Los Angeles Galaxy.[2]

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, but asked the club to be transferlisted after a move to Israeli side MS Ironi Ashdod fell through.[3]

He eventually transferred to Liberia Mia in 2007,[4] where he spent the next three seasons.

Chivas USA[edit]

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.[5] 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.

Central America[edit]

In January 2012, after his release from Chivas, he signed with Guatemalan side Comunicaciones[6] and a year later he returned to Costa Rica to play for Saprissa.[7]

Persepolis[edit]

On 17 August 2014, Umaña joined Persepolis after passing medical tests, thus became the first ever Costa Rican footballer to play in Iran. He signed a two-year contract with the club[8] and was given the number 4 shirt. He made his debut for the club on 25 August in a 1–1 draw against Padideh.[9]

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 6 November 2015.
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chivas USA 2010 MLS 28 1 3 0 2 1 33 2
2011 22 0 0 0 22 0
Total 50 1 3 0 2 1 55 2
Comunicaciones 2011–12 Liga Nacional 20 2 20 2
2012–13 26 1 26 1
Total 46 3 0 0 0 0 46 3
Deportivo
Saprissa
2012–13 Primera División 14 2 14 2
2013–14 33 2 383 2
Total 47 4 0 0 0 0 52 4
Persepolis 2014–15 Persian Gulf
Pro League
24 0 3 0 8 0 35 0
2015–16 6 0 1 0 7 0
Total 30 0 4 0 8 0 42 0
Career total 173 8 7 0 10 1 190 9

1 Includes Open Cup and Hazfi Cup.
2 Includes North American SuperLiga, CLC and ACL.
3 Includes 5 matches in League Play-offs.

International career[edit]

Umaña playing against Uruguay at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Umaña played for the Costa Rican national team at various youth levels, and was part of their squad at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[10]

He made his senior debut for Costa Rica in a June 2004 friendly match against Nicaragua and has, as of December 2014, earned a total of 87 caps, scoring 1 goal.[11] He played at the 2005 UNCAF Nations Cup and the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup[12] 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.[13]

In June 2014, Umaña was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[14] 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.[15][16] During the round of 16, Umaña converted Costa Rica's decisive fifth kick in a 5–3 penalty shootout defeat of Greece.[17] 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.[18]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 March 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Jamaica 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Umaña is the youngest of three brothers, his brother Erick played in the second division.[2]

Honours[edit]

Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]

Perspolis[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oviedo, Steven (5 July 2016). "Michael Umaña jugará con Liberia". La Nación. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Defensor se integró esta semana al Galaxy Umaña quiere saltar a Europa - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Michael Umaña negociará salida de Herediano - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Michael Umaña firmó con Liberia - Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Michael Umaña fichó con el Chivas USA - Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Serrano, Adam (4 January 2012). "Chivas USA part ways with Umana, three others". Major League Soccer. 
  7. ^ Saprissa ficha al defensor Michael Umaña - Nación (in Spanish)
  8. ^ "Costa Rican defender Michael Umaña signs with top Iranian club following World Club success". The Tico Times. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Vargas, Gabriel (26 August 2014). "Michael Umaña debutó en el fútbol iraní en empate del Persépolis FC". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Michael UmañaFIFA competition record
  11. ^ Appearances for Costa Rica National Team Archived 2009-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF
  12. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF
  13. ^ "Michael UMANA". FIFA. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Costa Rica World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Italy 0-1 Costa Rica". BBC. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Costa Rica 1-1 Greece". BBC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica". BBC. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 

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