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Mauricio Solís

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Full nameMauricio Solís Mora
Height1.75 m
Playing positionmidfielder

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Mauricio Solís Mora (born 13 December 1972 in Heredia) is a Costa Rican football (soccer) player, who currently plays defensive midfielder for Uruguay de Coronado in the Costa Rican Segunda División. He is one of Costa Rica's best players in the past decade. He is a though and 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 shooter from long distances.

Solís began his professional career with C.S. Herediano, making his debut with the club in 1991. He would remain with Herediano until 1996, winning the last Costa Rican championship C.S. Herediano won in the 1992-93 season. 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 CSD Comunicaciones of Guatemala for a year. Solís moved to Major League Soccer, where he played parts of the 1999 and 2000 seasons for the San Jose Clash (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 LD Alajuelense. 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. After a year with them, Solís again returned to America, playing the 2003-4 season in Mexico for Irapuato brought to the team by former coach Alexandre Guimaraes.

Solís has been a mainstay for the Costa Rica national team, having received 110 caps since debuting in 1993 in a friendly against Saudi Arabia. He played extensively for Costa Rica in the 2002 World Cup qualifying and started all three of the team's games in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He was in the squad again for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and was once more in the starting line-up for all three games.

In 2007 he transferred to Maccabi Netanya but his contract was terminated for certain complications so he came back to Costa Rica and decide to sign up for the teams he started his career C.S. Herediano.

In April 2010, shortly after Herediano finish its participation in Costa Rican 2010 summer Championship, he announced his retirement from football.


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