Costa Rica int’l Umaña signs with Cartagines
Costa Rica's Michael Umaña tries to avoid a tackle by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos of Greece during their FIFA World Cup match on June 29, 2014, in Recife, Brazil. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

CARTAGO, Costa Rica – Costa Rica international Michael Umaña joined Cartagines on Monday, signing a one-year deal with the three-time Costa Rican champion.

The 34-year-old defender spent the 2016/17 campaign with Municipal Liberia (2016 Invierno) and Alajuelense (2017 Verano).

“I can only promise a lot of work and sacrifice,” said Umaña.  “I will try to give my best and respect this shirt as I have done with all the ones I have worn, "he said.

His career has taken him to numerous clubs, including Persepolis (Iran); Herediano, Brujas, Liberia Mia and Saprissa (all Costa Rica); LA Galaxy and Chivas USA (both USA); and Comunicaciones (Guatemala).

With Costa Rica, Umaña has played in two FIFA World Cups (2010: 3 games/0 goals, 2014: 4/0), the 2004 Olympic Football Tournament (4/0) and three CONCACAF Gold Cups (2005, 2013, 2015).  He was also a member of the squad that captured the 2013 Central American Cup crown.

Umaña is on Costa Rica’s preliminary roster for next month’s Gold Cup.