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Dave Myrie (white jersey), shown playing for Costa Rica in the 2014 FIFA World Cup against the Netherlands, officially joined Saprissa on December 20, 2016. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Newly-crowned Costa Rican champion Saprissa announced Tuesday the addition of midfielder Keven Aleman, goalkeeper Aaron Cruz, and defenders Dave Myrie and Yostin Salinas for the 2016 Verano season.

Each member of the quartet has youth and/or senior national team experience.

Myrie was on the Costa Rica side that reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (1 game/0 goals), appearing in the penalty shootout setback to the Netherlands. The 28-year-old right back, competed in the 2005 U-17 World Cup (4/0) and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup (3/0), has played for numerous other clubs, including Philadelphia Union (USA), Fredrikstad (Norway) and Costa Rican sides Alajuelense, Limon, Uruguay, Herediano and, most recently, San Carlos.

Aleman played for Belen in the 2016 Apertura, making 10 appearances and scoring no goals. He has earned three caps for Canada, including one in a 2-0 loss to Mexico in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 22-year-old also represented Canada in the 2011 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (5/3), the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup (3/0) and the 2013 CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup (2/0).

The 24-year-old Cruz arrives from UCR, where he played in six games during the 2016 Apertura. He represented Costa Rica in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup (1/0), starting in a 3-2 loss to Colombia.

One of Costa Rica’s rising young stars, Yostin Salinas appeared in two matches for Costa Rica in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He plays mostly as a central defender and is known for his speed and powerful. In the 2016 Apertura, the 18-year-old played in nine games for Limon. 

Saprissa captured the 2016 Costa Rican Invierno crown after finishing first in both the regular-season and post-season Quadrangular standings.

 
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