Michael Umaña in Persepolis.
|Full name||Míchael Umaña Corrales|
|Date of birth||July 16, 1982|
|Place of birth||Santa Ana, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back, Right back|
|2004–2005||→ LA Galaxy (loan)||15||(0)|
|2004–2005||Costa Rica Olympic||4||(0)|
|* 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
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.
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. 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.
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 and was given the number 4 shirt. He made his debut for the club on 25 August in a 1–1 draw against Padideh.
Club career statistics
- As of 6 November 2015.
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. He played at the 2005 UNCAF Nations Cup and the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup 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.
In June 2014, Umaña was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 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. During the round of 16, Umaña converted Costa Rica's decisive fifth kick in a 5–3 penalty shootout defeat of Greece. 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.
- Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
|1.||26 March 2013||Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica||Jamaica||1–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Umaña is the youngest of three brothers, his brother Erick played in the second division.
Los Angeles Galaxy
- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (1): 2005
- Major League Soccer MLS Cup (1): 2005
- Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship (1): 2005
- Oviedo, Steven (5 July 2016). "Michael Umaña jugará con Liberia". La Nación. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
- Defensor se integró esta semana al Galaxy Umaña quiere saltar a Europa - Nación (in Spanish)
- Michael Umaña negociará salida de Herediano - Nación (in Spanish)
- Michael Umaña firmó con Liberia - Nación (in Spanish)
- Michael Umaña fichó con el Chivas USA - Nación (in Spanish)
- Serrano, Adam (4 January 2012). "Chivas USA part ways with Umana, three others". Major League Soccer.
- Saprissa ficha al defensor Michael Umaña - Nación (in Spanish)
- "Costa Rican defender Michael Umaña signs with top Iranian club following World Club success". The Tico Times. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- 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.
- Michael Umaña – FIFA competition record
- Appearances for Costa Rica National Team Archived 2009-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF
- "Michael UMANA". FIFA. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
- "Costa Rica World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- "Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
- "Italy 0-1 Costa Rica". BBC. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
- "Costa Rica 1-1 Greece". BBC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- "Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica". BBC. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
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