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Earthquakes Sign Costa Rica National Team Defender Francisco Calvo

January 26, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes News Release

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed defender Francisco Calvo to a contract for the 2022 Major League Soccer season with a club option for 2023. Calvo is a former MLS All-Star and competed for Costa Rica at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"Adding a proven central defender was a priority for us this offseason," said Earthquakes General Manager Chris Leitch. "Francisco possesses a significant amount of experience in Major League Soccer and with the Costa Rica National Team, and his signing makes us both deeper and more versatile heading into 2022."

Calvo, 29, has competed in Major League Soccer for the past five seasons, totaling 10 goals and nine assists in 122 appearances (119 starts). He joined Minnesota United FC ahead of their inaugural season in 2017 and served as their first team captain. During his first two seasons with Minnesota, Calvo started 53 matches and tallied four goals and four assists, earning a selection to the 2018 MLS All-Star team.

After starting seven of Minnesota's first nine matches in 2019, Calvo was traded to Chicago Fire FC and proceeded to make 21 starts in 23 total appearances for his new club, finishing with a career-high four goals that season. He then started 22 of Chicago's 23 matches during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season before making 17 appearances (16 starts) in 2021. As he did with Minnesota, Calvo served as team captain in Chicago.


Season Team Appearances Starts Goals Assists

2017 MIN 27 27 2 1

2018 MIN 26 26 2 3

2019 MIN 7 7 1 0

2019 CHI 23 21 3 2

2020* CHI 22 22 1 2

2021 CHI 17 16 1 1

Total 122 119 10 9

*Chicago played 23 regular season matches due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Calvo has scored seven goals in 67 appearances for the Costa Rica National Team since his international debut in 2011. His international career features a diverse slate of competitions, including the Concacaf Gold Cup, Concacaf Nations League, Copa America, Copa Centroamericana, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, at which he appeared against Serbia and Brazil.

The San Jose, Costa Rica native began his career at the youth ranks of powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa before moving to the United States in 2010 to play at San Jacinto College in Houston. He returned to Costa Rica in 2011 to play for Herediano, where he would lead the team to the 2011-12 summer championship. He then spent six months on loan with Nordsjaelland in Denmark before returning to Costa Rica and eventually landing with his former youth club Saprissa in July 2015. Calvo scored 13 goals in 71 appearances over a year and a half with Saprissa, winning two league championships during that time. He then joined Minnesota in January 2017.

Calvo received his U.S. Green Card in 2018 and will not count as an international on San Jose's roster.

Francisco Calvo


Position: Defender

Height: 5-11

Weight: 176 lbs.

Born: July 8, 1992, in San Jose, Costa Rica

Preferred Foot: Left

Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica

Previous Club: Chicago Fire FC (MLS)

College: San Jacinto College

Roster Designation: Domestic

Citizenship: Costa Rica

Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) - Earthquakes sign D Francisco Calvo to a contract for the 2022 season with a club option for 2023.

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