A veteran FIFA World Cup™ participant and journeyman with an impressive 65 caps to his name, Michael Umana will feature in prominently in Costa Rica's defence at Brazil 2014. Umana offers coach Jorge Luis Pinto and fellow team-mates a calming influence, steady leadership and careful decision-making abilities - attributes only a footballer intimately familiar with the international stage could take on with his grace and poise.
During his time with Herediano, Umana represented Costa Rica at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Greece 2004, where they lost to eventual winners Argentina in the quarter-finals. After a brief stint with LA Galaxy, Umana returned to Costa Rica to play for Brujas. Umana featured for Los Ticos at Germany 2006 where they endured a searing 4-2 loss to the host country and subsequent defeats to Ecuador and Poland.
After making an early exit from the World Cup, Umana returned back to Herediano and has since shifted between various clubs in the Americas, including another stint in MLS with Chivas USA. He now plays for Costa Rican club Saprissa where he has been since early 2013. Umana will look at Brazil 2014 to improve upon his past international performances and bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to an exciting and gritty Los Ticos side.