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Jairo Arrieta
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Arrieta with D.C. United
Personal information
Full name Jairo Arrieta Obando
Date of birth (1983-08-25) 25 August 1983 (age 40)
Place of birth Nicoya, Costa Rica
Height 1.73 m
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Jicaral
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Guanacasteca 60 (12)
2004–2006 Brujas 56 (11)
2006–2012 Saprissa 178 (48)
2012–2014 Columbus Crew 67 (17)
2015 D.C. United 27 (5)
2016 New York Cosmos 28 (7)
2016–2018 Herediano 73 (24)
2018–2019 Saprissa 35 (9)
2019 San Carlos 19 (6)
2020 Siquinalá 12 (5)
2021 Consultants 16 (9)
2021–2022 Jicaral 28 (7)
2022 Grecia 13 (4)
2023– Jicaral 0 (0)
National team
2004 Costa Rica U23 6 (2)
2011– Costa Rica 17 (4)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:36, 9 May 2020 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2015

Jairo Arrieta Obando (born 25 August 1983) is a Costa Rican professional footballer, who plays as a forward for A.D.R. Jicaral.

Club career

Costa Rica

Arrieta was born in Nicoya, Costa Rica. Before moving to Deportivo Saprissa, he played for Guanacasteca and their successors Brujas. While with Saprissa, Arrieta scored 48 goals in 178 league matches. He also played an important part in Saprissa's Costa Rican league titles in 2006–07, 2007-08 Apertura, 2007-08 Clausura, 2008-09 Apertura, and 2010 Clausura.

Columbus Crew

In April 2012, Arrieta signed a 2+12-year agreement with Columbus Crew, moving to play outside of Costa Rica for the first time in his career. Arrieta made his MLS debut for the Crew on 14 July 2012, playing 62 minutes in a loss to Sporting Kansas City at home. This came just 17 days after 27 June transfer window opened. Two weeks later, in a rematch at Kansas City, Arrieta scored his first MLS goal in the 17th minute of the match, following with the game winner in the 34th minute. After only his third game in MLS, Arrieta was named League Player of the Week with a 2-goal performance in a Columbus win against Sporting Kansas City.

D.C. United

Orlando City SC selected Arrieta in the 6th round of the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft. He was later traded to D.C. United ahead of the 2015 season in exchange for an international roster spot. In his debut for D.C. United, he scored in the 58th minute to secure a 1-0 win against the Montreal Impact. Arrieta's option for the 2016 season was declined by D.C. United.

He scored 5 goals and recorded 2 assists in his 27 appearances for D.C.

New York Cosmos

Arrieta signed with New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League on January 14, 2016.

International career

Arrieta played with the Costa Rica under-23 team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

He made his senior debut for Costa Rica in a December 2011 friendly match against Cuba and has, as of January 2014, earned a total of 15 caps, scoring 4 goals. He has represented his country in 1 FIFA World Cup qualification match and played at the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. His two goals in the tournament, his first two for his country, were enough to earn him the Golden Boot award as the tournament's top scorer. Because of his performance at the Copa Centroamericana, Arrieta was called up by Costa Rica for their World Cup qualifying match against Panama on 6 February 2013.

He also played at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

International goals

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Belize 1–0 1–0 2013 Copa Centroamericana
2. 22 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Guatemala 1–0 1–1 2013 Copa Centroamericana
3. 28 March 2013 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Canada 1–0 1–0 Friendly
4. 9 July 2013 Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, United States  Cuba 2–0 3–0 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Personal life

Arrieta holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.



  • Golden Boot Winner – 2013 Copa Centroamericana

See also

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