Rónald Matarrita

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Rónald Matarrita
Ronald Matarrita.jpg
Matarrita with Alajuelense in 2014
Personal information
Full name Rónald Alberto Matarrita Ulate
Date of birth (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 26)
Place of birth Alajuela, Costa Rica
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Left back, Winger
Club information
Current team
FC Cincinnati
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 Alajuelense 67 (4)
2016–2020 New York City 106 (4)
2021– FC Cincinnati 0 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Costa Rica U17 3 (0)
2012 Costa Rica U20 2 (0)
2015– Costa Rica U22 3 (1)
2015– Costa Rica 37 (3)
* 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[edit]

Matarrita was signed to New York City from Alajuelense on 20 January 2016 for an undisclosed fee.[1] Matarrita made his MLS debut against the Chicago Fire on 6 March 2016.[2] He scored his first goal for New York City during a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on 25 June 2016.[3] After a strong first season, he was named New York City's Defensive Player of the Year for 2016.[4]

FC Cincinnati[edit]

On 29 December 2020, Matarrita was traded to FC Cincinnati in exchange for $500,000 of General Allocation Money.[5]

International[edit]

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.[6] He scored his first goal for Costa Rica 6 September 2016, in a 3-1 win over Panama, in a World Cup qualification match.[7] 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.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 November 2020[9]
Club Season League Cup Playoffs Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Alajuelense 2013-14 Primera División 11 0 1[a] 0 12 0
2014-15 Primera División 36 3 4[a] 0 40 3
2015-16 Primera División 20 1 0 0 20 1
Total 67 4 0 0 0 0 5 0 72 4
New York City 2016 MLS 25 1 0 0 2 0 27 1
2017 MLS 12 0 0 0 2 0 14 0
2018 MLS 24 2 0 0 2 0 26 2
2019 MLS 24 1 1 0 1 0 26 1
2020 MLS 21 0 1 0 4[a] 0 26 0
Total 106 4 1 0 8 0 4 0 119 4
Career Total 173 8 1 0 8 0 9 0 191 8
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in CONCACAF Champions League

International[edit]

As of 6 June 2017[10]
Costa Rica
Year Apps Goals
2015 6 0
2016 11 2
2017 1 0
2018 8 1
Total 26 3

International Goals[edit]

Costa Rica score listed first, score column indicates score after each Matarrita goal.[9][10]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Personal[edit]

Matarrita earned his U.S. green card in March 2017.[11] This status also qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.

Honours[edit]

Alajuelense

Winner

Runner-up

New York City

MLS Team of the Week:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Araos, Christian (19 January 2016). "Alajeulense confirm transfer of Matarrita to NYCFC". Empire of Soccer. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  2. ^ "New York City FC at Chicago Fire: Recap". nycfc.com. New York City Football Club. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Frank Lampard and Ronald Matarrita score, New York City FC beats Sounders, 2-0". yesnetwork.com. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Matarrita Named Defensive Player of 2016". nycfc.com. New York City Football Club. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  5. ^ https://www.fccincinnati.com/post/2020/12/29/fcc-acquire-costa-rica-international-defender-ronald-matarrita
  6. ^ Butler, Dylan. "10 Things about Ronald Matarrita". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  7. ^ Krumholtz, Michael. "La Sele pummels Panama 3-1 to win World Cup qualifying group". The Tico Times. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b "Rónald Matarrita profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Matarrita, Rónald". National Football Teams. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  11. ^ Mark Booth (2 March 2017). "NYCFC Trio Receive U.S Green Cards". NYCFC.com. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  12. ^ Baer, Benjamin (11 April 2016). "2016 Team of the Week (Wk 6): Old guard shines for DC United". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  13. ^ Rosano, Nicholas (9 May 2016). "2016 Team of the Week (Wk 10): Canadian teams lead the way". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  14. ^ Baer, Benjamin. "2016 Team of the Week (Wk 16)". Retrieved 27 June 2016.

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