Mauricio Solís

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Mauricio Solís
Personal information
Full name Mauricio Rodrigo Solís Mora
Date of birth (1972-12-13) 13 December 1972 (age 48)
Place of birth Heredia, Costa Rica
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1997 Herediano 236 (1)
1997–1998 Derby County 11 (0)
1998–1999 Comunicaciones
1999–2000 San Jose Clash 30 (4)
2001–2002 Alajuelense 42 (4)
2002–2003 OFI Crete 38 (5)
2004 Irapuato 15 (1)
2004–2005 Alajuelense 29 (1)
2005–2007 Comunicaciones 54 (7)
2007–2010 Herediano 70 (5)
2011 Uruguay de Coronado
National team
1993–2006 Costa Rica 110 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 June 2006
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 June 2006

Mauricio Rodrigo Solís Mora (born 13 December 1972 in Heredia) is a retired Costa Rican professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, sweeper or central defender.

He is one of Costa Rica's best players in the past decade. He is a tough, hard working central midfielder who is a strong tackler and is also good at distributing balls and starting attacks from the center of pitch, he is also a great finisher from long distances.

Club career[edit]

Nicknamed el Mauro, Solís began his professional career with Herediano, making his debut with the club on 5 November 1990 against Limonense.[1] He would remain with Herediano until 1996, winning the last Costa Rican championship Herediano won in the 1992–93 season.

Years abroad[edit]

He then moved to England, signing a contract with Derby County along with compatriot Paulo Wanchope. His stay there was short, however, and he returned to CONCACAF in 1998, playing with Comunicaciones[2] of Guatemala for a year. Solís then moved to Major League Soccer, where he played parts of the 1999 and 2000 seasons for the San Jose Clash[3] (later San Jose Earthquakes), registering 4 goals and 1 assist in 29 starts.

After two years in MLS, Solís returned to Costa Rica, where he signed a contract with Alajuelense.[4] He played two seasons with the team, winning championships in 2000–01 and 2001–02, before looking overseas again, signing a contract with Greek club OFI Crete[5] to join fellow Tico Rónald Gómez.[6] After a year with them, Solís again returned to America, playing the 2003–04 season in Mexico for Irapuato,[7] after being brought to the team by former coach Alexandre Guimarães, then rejoined Alajuelense[8] and in summer 2005 returned to Comunicaciones to play alongside compatriots Rolando Fonseca, Ricardo González and Jhonny Cubero.[9]

Herediano return[edit]

In 2007, he transferred to Maccabi Netanya but his contract was terminated after preseason for certain complications so he came back to Costa Rica and decide to sign up for the teams he started his career Herediano.[10] In March 2010 he became the 7th player to reach 300 matches for Los Florenses.[11]

In April 2010, shortly after Herediano finish its participation in Costa Rican 2010 summer Championship, he announced his retirement from football.[12] However, he reversed that decision when he joined Ricardo González and coach Paulo Wanchope at ambitious second division side Uruguay de Coronado in February 2011.[13] He retired 5 months later.[14]

International career[edit]

Solís made his debut for Costa Rica in a September 1993 friendly match against Saudi Arabia and earned a total of 110 caps, scoring 6 goals.[15] He represented his country in 30 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at both the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.[16] He also played at the 1995,[17] 1999[18] and 2001 UNCAF Nations Cups[19] as well as at the 2002[20] and 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[21] He also played at the 1997[22] and 2001 Copa América.[23]

Solís was the second Costa Rican behind Luis Marín to reach 100 caps in June 2005 against Guatemala.[24]

His final international was a June 2006 FIFA World Cup match against Poland.


Solís quit Herediano and football in April 2010.[25] After retiring, Solis owned a bar-restaurant in Heredia.[26]

In January he was named manager of Herediano,[27] only to be dismissed a month later.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Born and raised in Los Ángeles de Santo Domingo de Heredia, Solís is a son of Rodrigo Solís and María de los Ángeles Mora and is married to Katia Moreira Chaverri[29] and has three children.[26]



  1. ^ Carrera de Mauricio: Me podría publicar un breve recorrido de la carrera del futbolista Mauricio Solís? (Bio) – Nación (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Guatemala, ¿un espejismo? – Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Mauricio Solís jugará en San José Clash de EE.UU. – Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Solís firmó con la Liga – Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Solis signs for OFI Crete – BBC
  6. ^ En busca del OIimpo•Cuatro ticos sueñan con triunfar en la liga griega de futbol, que empieza mañana – Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Rónald Gómez y Mauricio Solís firmaron con Irapuato – Nación (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Mauricio Solís firma por dos años con Alajuelense – Nación (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Invasión de futbolistas ticos en Guatemala – Nación (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Presentados en Herediano Solís y Roper llevan experiencia al Team – Nación (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Mauricio Solís sumará 300 partidos con el Herediano Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine – UNAFUT (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Mauricio Solís se retira – Al Día (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Segunda División Uruguay de Coronado reúne varios veteranos en sus filas Archived 20 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine – Nación (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Mauricio Solís va de salida – Al Día (in Spanish)
  15. ^ "Mauricio Solis Mora – Century of International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  16. ^ Mauricio SolísFIFA competition record
  17. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1995 Archived 14 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  18. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1999 - RSSSF
  19. ^ Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2001 - Details Archived 24 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  20. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2002 - Full Details Archived 3 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  21. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2003 - Full Details Archived 24 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  22. ^ Copa América 1997 - RSSSF
  23. ^ Copa América 2001 Archived 19 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  24. ^ Costa Rica 3 - Guatemala 2: Solís se lució en su juego 100 – Nación (in Spanish)
  25. ^ Se prepara para el torneo de Invierno Herediano comienza sus movimientos de planilla Archived 20 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine – Nación (in Spanish)
  26. ^ a b Mauricio Solís se dedicará a restaurante y proyectos personales Mauricio Solís: “Mi herencia fue cambiar el estilo del contención” Archived 20 December 2014 at – Nación (in Spanish)
  27. ^ Mauricio Solís es el nuevo técnico del Club Sport Herediano – Al Día (in Spanish)
  28. ^ Mauricio Solís ya no es técnico del Herediano – Al Día (in Spanish)
  29. ^ La futura de Mauricio – Nación (in Spanish)

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