Saprissa star, Costa Rica int’l Segura joins D.C. United
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Ulises Segura (#19) is shown playing for Costa Rica in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match against French Guiana on July 14, 2017, in Frisco, Texas, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- D.C. United bolstered its midfield Thursday by acquiring Costa Rica international Ulises Segura from Saprissa.

In order to complete the deal, United gave financial considerations to New York City FC, which held his Major League Soccer rights.

“Ulises is an exciting Costa Rican national team player with the tools to add a powerful dynamic to our midfield,” said D.C. general manager Dave Kasper. “He’s a box-to-box midfielder who can also play out wide and his performances with the Ticos and Saprissa, one of the best clubs in CONCACAF, have shown that he is on track towards becoming an elite professional.”

Segura's departure from Saprissa could impact the Central American team's chances in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, when it opens play with a Round of 16 matchup against Club America in February.

For the Monstruo Morado, Segura scored 12 goals in 118 games, helping the side capture four league titles. He also netted twice in nine career SCCL outings.

The 24-year-old, who made his international debut in a 3-0 victory over Belize in the Copa Centroamericana on January 15, 2017, has represented the Ticos six times. He made two appearances in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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