Francisco Calvo

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Francisco Calvo
Francisco Calvo - 2019.jpg
Calvo in 2019.
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Calvo Quesada
Date of birth (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Chicago Fire
Number 5
Youth career
2005–2010 Saprissa
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 San Jacinto Coyotes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Herediano 23 (1)
2012 Pérez Zeledón 21 (5)
2013 Nordsjælland 3 (0)
2013–2015 Herediano 49 (6)
2015Santos (loan) 21 (5)
2015–2016 Saprissa 63 (14)
2017–2019 Minnesota United 60 (5)
2019– Chicago Fire 45 (4)
National team
2011 Costa Rica U20 4 (1)
2011– Costa Rica 51 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2020

Francisco Javier Calvo Quesada (born 8 July 1992) is a Costa Rican international footballer who currently plays for Chicago Fire in MLS.

Early life[edit]

After starting with Deportivo Saprissa as a youth player from 2005 to 2010, Calvo moved to the United States to study at San Jacinto College after getting a scholarship and played football at university level during that period.[2]

Club career[edit]

On his return to Costa Rica in 2011, Calvo played for Herediano before a stint at Pérez Zeledón where he scored 5 goals in 21 matches.[3] In January 2013 he moved abroad to play for then Danish champions Nordsjælland[4] but he returned to Herediano in summer 2013.[5] In January 2015, Calvo joined Santos de Guápiles as a loan.[6]

In late May, Francisco joined Saprissa. In his first season with Saprissa, he appeared in 39 matches and scored 5 goals. The following season, he continued to be a set-piece threat as he scored 9 goals in 24 matches playing as a defender.

On 27 December 2016 Calvo joined Major League Soccer side Minnesota United FC.[7] In 2018, Calvo was selected as an MLS All-Star, becoming the first Minnesota United player in club history to receive the honor.[citation needed]

On 3 May 2019 Calvo was traded to Chicago Fire.[8]

International career[edit]

On 29 May 2011 he made his debut with the Costa Rica senior team in San José in a friendly game against Nigeria.[9] He was also part of Costa Rica in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011.

He was also a reserve call-up for the Costa Rica team at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup,[10] and later impressed senior head coach Ricardo La Volpe to win him a call-up for the Costa Rica squad at the 2011 Copa América. He made his debut in the competition in a game against Colombia, ended in a 0–1 loss, and a 2–0 win against Bolivia.[11] also Francisco played Argentina in a 3–0 loss.

In May 2018, he was named in Costa Rica’s 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 8 November 2020[13]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Herediano 2011–12 Costa Rican Primera División 23 1 3[a] 0 26 1
Pérez Zeledón 2012–13 21 5 21 5
Nordsjælland 2012–13 Danish Superliga 3 0 3 0
Herediano 2013–14 Liga FPD 29 3 1[a] 0 30 3
2014–15 20 3 4[a] 1 24 4
Total 72 7 8 1 80 8
Santos (loan) 2014–15 Liga FPD 21 5 21 5
Saprissa 2015–16 39 5 4[a] 0 43 5
2016–17 24 9 4[a] 1 28 10
Total 63 14 8 1 71 15
Minnesota United 2017 Major League Soccer 27 2 27 2
2018 26 2 26 2
2019 7 1 7 1
Total 60 5 0 0 60 5
Chicago Fire 2019 Major League Soccer 23 3 1[b] 0 24 3
2020 22 1 22 1
Total 45 4 1 0 46 4
Career total 285 40 17 2 302 42
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in CONCACAF Champions League
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Leagues Cup

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 14 November 2020.[14]
Costa Rica
Year Apps Goals
2011 3 0
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 0 0
2015 8 0
2016 6 0
2017 16 3
2018 11 1
2019 6 2
2020 1 0
Total 51 6

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.[15]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 January 2017 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Honduras 1–1 1–1 2017 Copa Centroamericana
2 13 June 2017 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 11 July 2017 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States  Canada 1–1 1–1 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4 3 June 2018 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Northern Ireland 3–0 3–0 Friendly
5 14 November 2019 Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad, Curaçao  Curaçao 2–1 2–1 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
6 17 November 2019 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica  Haiti 1–0 1–1
Last updated 17 November 2019

Honours[edit]

Deportivo Saprissa

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ Francisco Calvo se abre su camino – Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Encuentros de Francisco Calvo en 2012 Archived 23 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine – Al Día (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Francisco Calvo firmó con el campeón danés – Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Francisco Calvo está cerca de regresar al Herediano – Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Francisco Calvo firmó con Saprissa a partir del Invierno 2015 – Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "MNUFC Signs Dynamic Defender Francisco Calvo". Minnesota United FC. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Minnesota United trades Francisco Calvo to Chicago for cash". Star Tribune. 3 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  9. ^ Francisco Calvo: “I thank God for this opportunity. My coach (Ricardo La Volpe) gave me these moments and I have given my best.[permanent dead link] – 29 May 2011 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ [1] (in Spanish)
  11. ^ [2][permanent dead link] (in Spanish)
  12. ^ "Keylor Navas & six MLS players named in Costa Rica's 23-man World Cup squad". goal.com. Goal. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  13. ^ Francisco Calvo at Soccerway. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  14. ^ "Francisco Calvo". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Calvo, Francisco". National Football Teams. Retrieved 19 June 2017.

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