Herriman, Utah (Thursday, August 4, 2022) – Real salt lake today the 32-year-old DF signed Bryan Oviedo, a Europe-based international from Costa Rica. With 12 club seasons and 186 games in England and Denmark with such legendary clubs as Everton, Sunderland, Copenhagen and Nordsjælland, Oviedo comes to the Wasatch frontline as he prepares for Costa Rica’s participation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar this winter.
Oviedo played just seven games for legendary club Saprissa as a teenager before joining FC Copenhagen for 30 games from 2010-12, another 14 games on loan for Nordsjælland in 2011. Oviedo won five trophies in just two years with Copenhagen and helped in the process of claiming victory the 2009-10 and 2012-13 Danish Superliga Trophies and the 2010-11 and 2011-12 Danish Super Cup titles.
Oviedo made 50 appearances for Everton FC in England from 2012 to 2017, including scoring the 86th-minute winner away at Manchester United in 2013 to give Everton their first win at Old Trafford in 21 years. Oviedo’s 2014 season was lost – as was his World Cup bid at Costa Rica 2014 – after breaking a leg in Everton’s fourth FA Cup game against Stevenage.
At the start of winter 2017, Oviedo made a permanent move to Sunderland AFC, where he made 70 appearances and scored two goals before returning to Copenhagen in the summer of 2019. When his contract with the Danish side expired in June this year, Oviedo had made 33 appearances for Copenhagen and helped his club qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2017/18.
16 of Oviedo’s 71 total appearances for the Costa Rican national team have come in calendar years 2021/22 when Oviedo helped Los Tico qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, beat New Zealand, Costa Rica 1-0 in the playoffs in mid-June and play a full 90 to advance to Group E, which also includes Germany, Spain and Japan.
“Bryan is a left-back who brings a wealth of experience and ability to our defence,” said the Real Salt Lake general manager Elliot fall. “He’s a versatile player who is excellent on the ball and has physical qualities that translate well to our league. By adding him to our squad we now have one of the best full-back groups in MLS.”
Oviedo is the first Costa Rican since FW to join RSL Alvaro Saborio (2010-15, 63 goals in 127 games) in 2015 and only fifth overall to play with the Utah side. Others were MF Douglas Sequeira (2006, 1 goal in 18 games), FW Jafet Soto (2006, 1 goal in 8 games) and DF Daniel Torres (2006-07, 26 games). Eight Costa Ricans currently play in Major League Soccer, making Oviedo ninth. Including Oviedo, four play in the Western Conference including Julio Cascante (Austin FC), Randall Leal (Nashville SC) and Marvin Loria (Portland Timbers).
Should he join Costa Rica at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Oviedo will be one of only six RSL players to feature at a FIFA World Cup Kyle Beckerman (United States, 2014), Robbie Findley (United States, 2010), Eddie Pope (United States, 2006), Nick Rimando (USA, 2014) and Sequeira (Costa Rica, 2006).
Pronunciation: BRY-an oh-VEE-eh-doh
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
DOB: February 18, 1990 (32)
As Acquired: Signed as a free agent
TRANSACTION: Real Salt Lake add DF Bryan Oviedo on Thursday 4 August 2022.
As of August 4, 2022, the current Real Salt Lake squad during the ongoing MLS campaign, listed alphabetically by position, is as follows:
Goalkeeper (4): Gavin Beavers, Jeff Dewsnup, Tomas Gomez, Zac MacMath
Defender (11): Andrew Brody, Zack Farnsworth, Justen Glad, Bret Halsey, Aaron Herrera, Erik Holt, Johan Kappelhof, Jaziel Orozco, Bryan Oviedo, Marcelo Silva, Tate Schmitt
Midfielder (11): Julio Benitez, Nick Besler, Scott Caldwell, Maikel Chang, Bode Hidalgo, Damir Kreilach, Jasper Loffelsend, Diego Luna, Braian Ojeda, Pablo Ruiz, Jude Wellings
Forward (9): Sergio Cordova, Chris Garcia, Anderson Julio, Axel Kei, Justin Meram, Danny Musovski, Rubio Rubin, Jefferson Savarino, Bobby Wood
With 34 points accumulated in 23 games of the 2022 MLS season, Real Salt Lake (9-7-7, 34 points, 5th West) are part of a flurry of eight teams ranked 3rd-10th in the separated by just five points in the race for the 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs (seven teams) and a postseason home game (four teams). Under Pablo Mastroenithe club’s sixth head coach in 18 seasons, RSL
For the first time in club history, RSL opened the year with 12 consecutive sell-outs at the Rio Tinto Stadium – a 7-1-3 (WLT) home record among the best this season in MLS – while Mastroeni and his staff fielded 28 players and 24 starters in an injury-riddled first half as the club lost a total of almost 160 player availability games to injury, suspensions or international duty.
Real Salt Lake ended last season in dramatic fashion, securing their place in the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs on decider day before advancing to the Western Conference Finals after a 14-14-6 record in the regular season. Saturday’s game at the Rio Tinto Stadium against the star-studded LAFC of Carlos Vela (Mexico), Gareth Bale (Wales) and Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) is expected to threaten the venue’s all-time attendance mark, set against Zlatan in September 2018 and the LA galaxy.