Crew signs Costa Rican Forward Olman Vargas
The Columbus Crew announced today that it has signed Costa Rican forward Olman Vargas to a multi-year contract, pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 work visa. Per club and league policy, no further terms of the deal were disclosed.
The 26-year-old striker joins the Crew from Club Sport Herediano of the Costa Rican First Division, where he scored 17 goals over the last two seasons and helped the team reach the final of the 2011 Apertura season.
“Olman is a tall, physical forward who promises to be a great addition to our club,” said Crew head coach Robert Warzycha. “He has good speed, a good touch and he works extremely hard.”
The 6-2, 174-pound native of San Jose, Costa Rica, began his career in 2007 with Carmelita of the Costa Rican Second Division, where he appeared in 38 matches and scored 14 goals over two seasons.
While at Carmelita, Vargas was noticed by storied First Division club Deportivo Saprissa which signed him for the 2009-10 season. While at Saprissa, he appeared in eight regular-season matches, scoring one goal. He also appeared in both CONCACAF Champions League matches against the Crew that year, including the Black & Gold’s historic 1-0 win at Saprissa’s famous stadium, known as the “Monster’s Cave,” on Sept. 16, 2009, which marked the first time an MLS club had ever won there.
Vargas was loaned to Brujas F.C. de Desamaparados for the end of the 2009-10 season. In 2010 he was loaned to Herediano, which he guided into the 2010 Apertura playoffs and the final of the 2011 Apertura where it lost to Alajuelense in a penalty shootout.
Born: April 15, 1985 (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
Citizenship: Costa Rica
2011 Team: C.S. Herediano
How Acquired: Signed on Jan. 6, 2012
Professional Experience: C.S. Herediano, Costa Rica (2010-11), Brujas F.C., Costa Rica (2009-10), Deportivo Saprissa, Costa Rica (2009-10), Carmelita, Costa Rica (2007-09)
Columbus Crew (MLS) – Signed F Olman Vargas.