The 26-year-old Olman Vargas joins the Crew from Club Sport Herediano of the Costa Rican first division, where he scored 17 goals over the last two seasons and helped the team reach the final of the 2011 Apertura season.
The 6-2, 174-pound native of San José, Costa Rica, began his career in 2007 with Carmelita of the Costa Rican second division, where he appeared in 38 matches and scored 14 goals over two seasons.
While at Carmelita, Vargas was noticed by storied first-division club Deportivo Saprissa which signed him for the 2009-10 season. While at Saprissa, he appeared in eight regular-season matches, scoring one goal. He also appeared in both CONCACAF Champions League matches against the Crew that year, including the Black and Gold’s historic 1-0 win at Saprissa’s famous stadium, known as the “Monster’s Cave,” on Sept. 16, 2009, which marked the first time an MLS club had ever won there.
Vargas was loaned to Brujas FC de Desamaparados for the end of the 2009-10 season. In 2010 he was loaned to Herediano, who he guided into the 2010 Apertura playoffs and the final of the 2011 Apertura where they lost to Alajuelense in a penalty shootout.