2013 (Vålerenga): In 2013, Gonzalez made 25 appearances – including 20 starts – and scored three goals in his second season in Norway. He scored his team’s only goal in the 2-1 loss against current Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark of Honefoss BK (May 8); scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win against Lillestrøm (June 30); and added an insurance goal in the 2-0 victory against Sandnes Ulf (November 10). In Norweigan Football Cup tournament play, he made two appearances.
2012 (Vålerenga): Gonzalez joined Norwegian First Division side Vålerenga for the 2012 season and made 12 appearances – all starts – from August to November after making 15 previous appearances in Costa Rica from January-April 2012. He made his League debut in the 3-1 win over Odd (August 10).
2011-2012 (Alajuelense): In his final year in Costa Rica’s Primera Division, Gonzalez made 29 appearances and matched a career-high goal total of three. He helped the squad to a 4-2 win over Belén Siglo XXI (January 20, 2012) with his goal before recording his first career brace -- accounting for all of the match’s scoring – just over a week later in the 2-0 win over Orión (January 29, 2012). He made a pair of playoff appearances as well during the schedule. During 2011-2012 CONCACAF Champions League play – Gonzalez’s second experience in the tournament – he made six appearances, including an August 25, 2011 Group A match in Carson, California against the LA Galaxy (2-0 Galaxy) and starting defender—and now Crew boss – Gregg Berhalter.
2010-2011 (Alajuelense): Gonzalez made a career-high 34 appearances during the 2010-2011 schedule and also set a career high in minutes (2,776). He made a total of 10 playoff appearances split between winter and summer sessions as well.
2009-2010 (Alajuelense): During the 2009-2010 schedule, Gonzalez made 28 appearances and scored three goals. He found the back of the net in wins over Puntarenas (August 8, 2009 and April 26, 2010) and against Ramonense PO (August 19, 2009). He made four playoff appearances during the 2009-2010 schedule.
2008-2009 (Alajuelense): Gonzalez joined the team during the 2008-2009 CONCACAF Champions League run and made two starts in tournament play – the first pair of eight total Champions League matches he’d make while in Costa Rica.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE (COSTA RICA)
Gonzalez has earned 31 total caps for Costa Rica dating back to his debut against Peru in a friendly on October 09, 2010. In total, Gonzalez has scored two goals for his country, including a tally in the May 25, 2012 friendly against Guatemela and the game-winning goal to secure Costa Rica’s Copa Centroamericana 1-0 win over Honduras alongside Crew forward and fellow countryman Jairo Arrieta on January 27, 2013. Across his 31 caps, Gonzalez has seen time in 10 friendlies, three CONCACAF Gold Cup matches, four Copa Centroamerica tilts and 14 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He started in both 2013 FIFA World Cup Qualifier matches against the United States in 2013 (March 27 and September 7) and most recently started in the 2-1 win for Los Ticos over Mexico on October 16, 2013. Gonzalez also represented his country on two occasions at the Under-20 level.
Gonzalez was signed as a Discovery Signing on February 21, 2014
Name: Giancarlo Gonzalez Pronunciation: JEE-anne-carlo Gonzalez Position: Defender Height: 6’3” Weight: 185 Born: February 8, 1988 in San Jose, Costa Rica Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica Citizenship: Costa Rica Acquired: Signed as a Discovery Signing on February 21, 2014 Previous Experience: Vålerenga (2012-2013), Alajuelense (2008-2012)