|Revolution Acquires All-Star Defender Mauricio Wright From Earthquakes Revs Send Mike Burns, Dan Calichman and First Round Pick to San Jose for Costa Rican International
The New England Revolution took another step forward today in building a championship contender with the acquisition of Mauricio Wright, one of Major League Soccer’s top defenders, in a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes.
Revs Send Mike Burns, Dan Calichman and First Round Pick to San Jose for Costa Rican International
FOXBORO, MA- The New England Revolution took another step forward today in building a championship contender with the acquisition of Mauricio Wright, one of Major League Soccer’s top defenders, in a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes. In exchange for Wright, the Revolution sent defenders Mike Burns and Dan Calichman, and a first round draft selection in the 2001 draft (acquired from Tampa Bay in the trade for Mauricio Ramos), to the Earthquakes.
“We feel Mauricio is extremely well suited to anchor our defense,” Revolution head coach Fernando Clavijo said. “He has exceptional defensive awareness, superb vision, great technical skill and tremendous speed and athleticism. He is one of the best defenders in our league. His arrival came at a high price however, with the loss of two accomplished professionals. We will need to fill the void created by Mike and Dan’s departure. Dan has brought valuable experience to our team, while Mike has been with the Revolution since its inception and served us admirably as captain through much of his career here.”
Wright was one of Major League Soccer’s top new internationals last year, starting for the Western Conference in the 1999 All-Star game.
Wright, 29, a native of San Jose, Costa Rica, started 27 games for the Earthquakes last season. He has played over 50 times for the Costa Rican National Team. Wright is widely regarded as one of the finest defenders from Central America playing today. He was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week 11 times last season. He earned the Guatemalan Player of the Year award, leading Communicaciones to the league championship in 1998. He played for seven seasons with Saprissa of Costa Rica, leading the club to two league titles and two CONCACAF club titles. Wright and his wife Sarita have two children.
Born 12/20/70 in San Jose, Costa Rica
Height: 6’3”, Weight: 175 lbs.
Last Clubs: San Jose Earthquakes, Communicaciones (GUA)
Over 50 Appearances for the Costa Rican National Team
1999 MLS-ALL Star
Widely regarded as one of the top defenders in Central America, starring for Saprissa of Costa Rica and Communicaciones of Guatemala.
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