Getting ready for the 2018 Los Angeles Football Club season? Yeah, we are too. We’re gearing up for the expansion team’s campaign with a look at each of the players who have been officially added for the season. Today we look at forward Marcos Ureña.
How LAFC acquired him: Selected by LAFC as their third pick in the expansion draft on Dec. 12, 2017.
Position: Striker. Specifically, Ureña performs best as a second striker.
Previous professional experience
San Jose Earthquakes, MLS (2017)
- 25 MLS regular season appearances, 5 goals, 3 assists
- 1 MLS Cup Playoffs appearance
Brondby IF, Danish Superliga (2016-17)
- 13 Danish Superliga appearances
- 2 Europa League appearances
FC Midtjylland, Danish Superliga (2014-16)
- 29 Danish Superliga appearances, 5 goals
- 5 Europa League appearances
- 2 UEFA Champions League appearances
- Titles: 2014-15 Danish Superliga
Kuban Krasnodar, Russian Premier League (2011-14)
- 31 Russian Premier League appearances
- 3 domestic cup appearances
- 2 Europa League appearances
Alajuelense, Costa Rican Primera Division (2008-10)
- 59 total appearances, 10 goals
- Titles: 2010 Invierno
- Costa Rican International, 60 senior appearances, 14 goals
- 7 appearances in 2009 U-20 World Cup cycle, 3 goals
- Ureña made the Costa Rica squad in the 2014 World Cup, and he scored their 3rd goal in Costa Rica’s 3-1 victory over Uruguay
- Scored two killer goals against the U.S. in Costa Rica’s 2-0 victory over the U.S. in the most recent World Cup qualifying campaign
- Has also played in 2011 and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cups
- Titles: 2014 Copa Centroamericana
Ureña was the perfect fit for the Earthquakes at the beginning of the 2017 season when, under head coach Dominic Kinnear, the team needed a forward that could get up the field and harass opponents into turning over the ball. Often alone in such a position, he, nonetheless, was able to quickly transition to the counterattack, as the Quakes looked to break forth from their defensive structure and create scoring opportunities. Ureña had some important moments for San Jose, and his work ethic was never in question, but he was not as reliable in front of goal as, say, Chris Wondolowski, and he was only a part-time starter when Chris Leitch took over the head coaching role. Given his scoring exploits with the Costa Rican national team, Urena was expected to provide much more for the Quakes last season than he did, and his selection in the Expansion Draft was not met with too much concern. ~ Robert Jonas, Center Line Soccer
How will he feature for LAFC in 2018?
Ureña only has one year of MLS experience, but that is more than some of his new teammates. He performed well last year for the Earthquakes, and he will add energy and depth in LAFC’s attack. Ureña is constantly making good runs and occupying defenders, which could help LAFC’s other attackers find time and space in dangerous areas. He is a streaky finisher, which is probably why he was left unprotected by the Earthquakes in the expansion draft. Ureña has proven that he can score big goals at big moments though, including the aforementioned goals vs the USMNT, a goal in the Earthquakes 3-0 win at LA Galaxy, and most notably, the last-minute winner over Minnesota United that took the Earthquakes into the playoffs last year. With Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi on the team Ureña might not get many starts, but he is sure to be a contributor in attack this year.
- His nickname with the Earthquakes was El Tiburon Tico, the Costa Rican Shark
- Speaks fluent English
- His given name is Marcos Ureña, but when he went to Russia he started being called Marco along the way and now says he doesn’t really care what people call him
- His wedding in 2014 was given something of the People magazine treatment in the Costa Rican press
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