Costa Rica int’l Acosta moves to Rionegro Aguilas from Herediano
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Without Costa Rica international Johnny Acosta (pictured), Herediano will have to figure out a way to fill the defensive void in 2018 Costa Rican Clausura and 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League play. (Photo: Mexsport)

RIONEGRO, Colombia – Colombian top-flight side Rionegro Aguilas announced Thursday the acquisition of Costa Rica international Johnny Acosta on a one-year loan from Herediano.

The 34-year-old defender had been with the Florenses since August 2016.

Acosta made his Costa Rican first-division debut with Santos de Guapiles (2004-10), going on to play for Alajuelense (2010-12, 2013-16) and Mexico’s Dorados de Sinaloa (2013 loan). He has appeared in five different editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions, competing in 25 games (24 with Alajuelense, 1 with Herediano).

With Costa Rica, the 65-time capped Acosta has played in the FIFA World Cup (2014: 2 games/0 goals), the CONCACAF Gold Cup (2011: 4/0, 2017: 4/0), the Copa America (2011: 3/0, 2016: 3/0) and the Copa Centroamericana (2014: 3/0, 2017: 5/0).

Herediano will open its 2018 SCCL schedule by hosting Mexican champion Tigres in the Round of 16 on February 20.

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