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Ureña with San Jose Earthquakes in 2017
Personal information
Full name Marcos Danilo Ureña Porras
Date of birth 5 March 1990 (1990-03-05) (age 31)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.81 m
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Central Coast Mariners
Number 12
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Alajuelense 59 (10)
2011–2014 Kuban Krasnodar 31 (0)
2014 → FC Midtjylland (loan) 10 (2)
2015–2016 FC Midtjylland 19 (3)
2016–2017 Brøndby IF 13 (0)
2017 San Jose Earthquakes 25 (5)
2018 Los Angeles FC 18 (1)
2019–2020 Alajuelense 40 (12)
2020 Gwangju FC 8 (0)
2020– Central Coast Mariners 15 (5)
National team
2009 Costa Rica U20 7 (3)
2009–2018 Costa Rica 67 (15)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 April 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 February 2020

Marcos Danilo Ureña Porras, known as Marco Ureña (born 5 March 1990) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a striker for Australian club Central Coast Mariners. He has also played for the Costa Rica national team.

Club career

Born in San José, Costa Rica, Ureña started his career at Primera División side Alajuelense and in March 2011, he joined Russian Premier League side Kuban Krasnodar.

In August 2014, Ureña moved to Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland on a four-month loan deal. The contract was made permanent on 10 December 2014.

On 21 July 2016, Midtjylland and Brøndby IF agreed to swap Ureña with Jonas Borring in a three-year deal.

It was announced on 27 January 2017 that Ureña had been signed by Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes. He scored his first MLS goal in a 2–1 road loss to New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on 1 April 2017. Ureña recorded his first MLS assist at home to achieve a 1–1 draw against Seattle Sounders FC on 8 April 2017. His game-winning goal over Minnesota United FC on 22 October secured San Jose's sixth-place spot in the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, the team's first playoff appearance since 2012.

On 12 December 2017, MLS expansion side Los Angeles FC selected Ureña as its third pick in the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft.

Following his release by Los Angeles, Ureña was selected by Chicago Fire in the MLS Waiver Draft on 12 December 2018. However, he opted to join Alajuelense on 21 January 2019.

On 24 March 2020, Ureña joined Gwangju FC of the South Korean K League.

International career

Ureña participated in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup for Costa Rica where Costa Rica U-20 national football team, placed 4th after losing to Hungary in the match for the 3rd place. He scored three goals on that competition.

In 2009, Ureña made his debut for the Costa Rica national football team in a match against Venezuela.

In June 2014, Ureña was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the team's opening match, he scored the third goal for Los Ticos in a 3–1 defeat of Uruguay.

At the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he scored the winner in Costa Rica's opening match and 0–1 victory against Honduras off of an assist from New York City FC man and fellow MLS player Rodney Wallace on 7 July 2017, at Red Bull Arena. This performance earned him CONCACAF Man of the Match honors.

On 1 September 2017, Ureña recorded a brace in Costa Rica's crucial World Cup qualifier against the United States, again at Red Bull Arena. On 5 September 2017, Ureña scored off of a volley to equalize the match against Mexico, which also served as his first goal at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

In May 2018 he was named in Costa Rica's 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Career statistics

Club

Uruguay - Costa Rica FIFA World Cup 2014 (15)
Ureña beats Fernando Muslera to score against Uruguay in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2011–12 Kuban Krasnodar Russian Premier League 20 0 1 0 21 0
2012–13 6 0 1 0 7 0
2013–14 5 0 1 0 2 0 7 0
2014–15 FC Midtjylland Danish Superliga 21 3 1 1 0 0 22 4
2015–16 8 2 1 0 7 0 16 2
2016–17 Brøndby IF Danish Superliga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer 25 5 0 0 25 5
2018 Los Angeles FC Major League Soccer 9 1 1 1 10 1
Total Russia 31 0 3 0 2 0 36 0
Denmark 29 5 2 1 7 0 38 6
United States 25 5 0 0 25 5
Career total 85 10 5 1 9 0 99 11

International

Costa Rica
Year Apps Goals
2009 1 0
2010 5 0
2011 13 7
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 11 2
2015 8 1
2016 7 0
2017 15 4
2018 6 1
2019 0 0
2020 1 0
Total 67 15

International goals

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 January 2011 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama 1–0 2–0 2011 Copa Centroamericana
2. 2–0
3. 23 January 2011  Honduras 1–2 1–2
4. 9 February 2011 Estadio Olímpico Luis Ramos, Barcelona, Venezuela  Venezuela 2–1 2–2 Friendly
5. 5 June 2011 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, United States  Cuba 1–0 5–0 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
6. 3–0
7. 12 June 2011 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Mexico 1–4 1–4
8. 14 June 2014 Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil  Uruguay 3–1 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
9. 3 September 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States  Panama 2–0 2–1 2014 Copa Centroamericana
10. 17 November 2015 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama 2–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 7 July 2017 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  Honduras 1–0 1–0 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
12. 1 September 2017  United States 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
13. 2–0
14. 5 September 2017 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  Mexico 1–1 1–1
15. 23 March 2018 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Personal life

Ureña married Ana Paula Aguilar in May 2014.

Honours

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