Costa Rican striker Jean Carlos Solorzano has left A-League champions Brisbane Roar for Melbourne Victory, the club said today. Solorzano, 23, was one of the stars of Roar's run to this season's championship, scoring 11 goals in 24 matches.
He is seen as a replacement for Germany-bound youngster Robbie Kruse, who will join second division side Fortuna Dusseldorf. Solorzano becomes the third Costa Rican player on Victory's books along with Carlos Hernandez and Marvin Angulo.
Victory, who are without a head coach after the recent departure of Ernie Merrick, are close to finalising their squad for next season with the recruitment of New Zealander Marco Rojas, Tando Velaphi and Isaka Cernak.
"The process (to find a coach) has commenced well and truly," Victory football operations manager Gary Cole said. "There's some significant work going on behind the scenes and I don't yet have a timeline."
Solorzano is on a one-year loan deal from Costa Rican club LD Alajuelense, under the same arrangement he had with Brisbane.