Matarrita with Alajuelense in 2014
|Full name||Rónald Alberto Matarrita Ulate|
|Date of birth||9 July 1994|
|Place of birth||Alajuela, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Position(s)||Left back, Winger|
|2016–2020||New York City||106||(4)|
|2010–2011||Costa Rica U17||3||(0)|
|2012||Costa Rica U20||2||(0)|
|2015–||Costa Rica U22||3||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 September 2020 (UTC)
Rónald Alberto Matarrita Ulate (born 9 July 1994), known as Rónald Matarrita, is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for FC Cincinnati in Major League Soccer, as well as the Costa Rica national football team as a defender. He previously played for Alajuelense and New York City FC.
New York City
Matarrita was signed to New York City from Alajuelense on 20 January 2016 for an undisclosed fee. Matarrita made his MLS debut against the Chicago Fire on 6 March 2016. He scored his first goal for New York City during a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on 25 June 2016. After a strong first season, he was named New York City's Defensive Player of the Year for 2016.
Matarrita has represented Costa Rica at under-17, under-20, under-22, and senior levels. He made his senior debut on 5 September 2015 in a friendly against Brazil. He scored his first goal for Costa Rica 6 September 2016, in a 3-1 win over Panama, in a World Cup qualification match. Matarrita was called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but was ruled out of the tournament three days before Costa Rica's debut due to a harmstring injury.
- As of 21 November 2020
|New York City||2016||MLS||25||1||0||0||2||0||—||27||1|
- Appearance(s) in CONCACAF Champions League
- As of 6 June 2017
|1||6 September 2016||Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica||14||Panama||3–0||3–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||11 November 2016||Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||16||Trinidad and Tobago||2–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||16 November 2018||Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua, Chile||26||Chile||3–0||3–2||Friendly|
- New York City
MLS Team of the Week:
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- "New York City FC at Chicago Fire: Recap". nycfc.com. New York City Football Club. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
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- "Matarrita Named Defensive Player of 2016". nycfc.com. New York City Football Club. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
- Butler, Dylan. "10 Things about Ronald Matarrita". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- Krumholtz, Michael. "La Sele pummels Panama 3-1 to win World Cup qualifying group". The Tico Times. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- Chinchilla, Roy (14 June 2018). "Matarrita fuera, llega Kenner al Mundial" [Matarrita out, Kenner arrives at the World Cup]. FEDEFUTBOL.com (in Spanish). Costa Rican Football Federation. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
- "Rónald Matarrita profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- "Matarrita, Rónald". National Football Teams. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- Mark Booth (2 March 2017). "NYCFC Trio Receive U.S Green Cards". NYCFC.com. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
- Baer, Benjamin (11 April 2016). "2016 Team of the Week (Wk 6): Old guard shines for DC United". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
- Rosano, Nicholas (9 May 2016). "2016 Team of the Week (Wk 10): Canadian teams lead the way". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
- Baer, Benjamin. "2016 Team of the Week (Wk 16)". Retrieved 27 June 2016.
- Rónald Matarrita at Soccerway