Harold Wallace

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Harold Wallace
Personal information
Full name Harold Wallace McDonald
Date of birth (1975-09-07) 7 September 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth Heredia, Costa Rica
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Rightback, Central midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Saprissa 15 (1)
1994–1995 Belén 14 (0)
1995 Zacatepec 6 (0)
1995–2002 Alajuelense 268 (15)
2002–2003San Luis (loan) 29 (2)
2003–2008 Alajuelense 156 (8)
2008–2010 Liberia Mía 51 (3)
Total 539 (29)
National team
1995–2009 Costa Rica 101 (3)
Teams managed
2014– Costa Rica U-20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 julio 2009

Harold Wallace McDonald (born September 7, 1975)[1] is a retired professional Costa Rican footballer.

Club career[edit]

He started his career with Deportivo Saprissa, being part of their minor league system. After a season with Saprissa and then Belén, he was transferred alongside compatriot Jewisson Bennett to Zacatepec,[2] of Mexico's professional football league. He then came back and signed with Saprissa's arch-rivals Alajuelense, earning a place in the starting line-up really quick and remained with the team for 7 years. From 2002, he spent a year on loan playing for San Luis in the Mexican Primera División [3] before making a second return to Alajuelense.[4] He later withdraw a lawsuit against his club, after claiming part of the transfer fee paid by San Luis to Alajuelense.[5] He would end up playing a total of 424 league games and 80 international games for Liga.[6]

In summer 2008 Wallace joined other high-profile players at ambitious Liberia Mía[7] and he retired in summer 2010 after playing his final two seasons at the then renamed Águilas Guanacastecas.[8]

International career[edit]

Wallace was a member of Costa Rica's youth national teams, playing in the 1995 FIFA World Youth Championship finals in the Qatar.[9]

He made his senior debut for Costa Rica in a September 1995 friendly match against Jamaica[10] and earned a total of 101 caps, scoring 3 goals.[11] He represented his country in 28 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[9] and played in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.[12] He also played at two Copa América tournaments, four CONCACAF Gold Cups and three UNCAF Nations Cups.

His final international was an August 2009 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Honduras, after reaching a century of caps in his previous game against Mexico.[10]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 February 2000 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States  Canada 2–1 2–2 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2. 4 February 2007 Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 4–0 Friendly match
3. 16 February 2007 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1–0 2–0 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup

Managerial career[edit]

In July 2014, Wallace and Pablo Sanz took the reins of the Costa Rica national under-20 football team after coach Rónald "Macho" Mora was sacked.[13]


  1. ^ Datos de Harold Harold Wallace Mc Donald - Nación (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Elías Aguilar ve con ilusión ser del club Zacatepec - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Tico Harold Wallace jugará en el futbol mexicano - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Aguilar, Alejandro (21 May 2006). "Hárold se llenó de fe" [Hárold was filled with faith] (in Spanish). Diario al Dia.
  5. ^ Reclamo contra la Liga Wallace baja el tono - Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Los caudillos de la alineación rojinegra - UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Liberia atrae a “grandes” - Al Día (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Wallace aún no da el paso al banquillo - Nación (in Spanish)
  9. ^ a b Harold WallaceFIFA competition record
  10. ^ a b Wallace llegará a 100 juegos - Nación (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Harold Wallace - Century of International Appearances - RSSSF
  12. ^ "Semblanzas: Hárold Wallace MacDonald" [Portraits: Hárold Wallace MacDonald] (in Spanish). Diario al Dia. 21 May 2006.
  13. ^ Selección Sub-20 Harold Wallace: ‘Ya se había acabado la empatía entre Ronald Mora y los jugadores’ - Al Día (in Spanish)

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