St Albans make statement of intent with Solorzano signing

by Mark Gojszyk 0

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St Albans Saints have secured one of the biggest signings of the pre-season, bringing Jean Carlos Solorzano down to Victoria.

The one-time Costa Rica international comes with vast international and A-League experience having plied his trade with Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory.

He started his career with local club Alajuelense,  netting 21 times in 67 appearances in the Costa Rican top flight.

Solorzano made his name in the A-League in the 2010-11 season while on loan with the Roar, netting 11 times as Ange Postecoglou’s side claimed the premiership/championship double.

Melbourne Victory came calling the next season but he couldn’t repeat his feats in a team featuring the likes of Harry Kewell, Carlos Hernandez and Archie Thompson, making only 14 appearances without a goal.

He returned home to play with Puntarenas but only had a short stint there before Brisbane Roar came calling again, and he signed on a permanent basis.

However he was primarily used as a substitute or backup mainly to Jamie Maclaren and departed after netting six times in 36 games.

Solorzano spent the latter part of the 2016 season at Rochedale Rovers in the Brisbane Premier League.

The 29-year-old adds considerable firepower to Kruni Razov’s side, which struggled to score goals in NPL2 last season with defender Ryan McGuffie finishing as the club’s top scorer.