HOW ACQUIRED: Traded from Montreal to Minnesota United on December 13, 2016. Loaned out to Saprissa on Jan. 5, 2018 for one year.
The Costa Rican international was acquired by Montreal from Alajuelense on August 3, 2015. After featuring in 12 matches in his debut season, Venegas struggled to earn a starting spot in his first full campaign in MLS, despite shining for Costa Rica in the 2016 Copa America Centenario and then against the USA in a November World Cup qualifier.
Venegas often featured on the wing for Montreal, showing pace, flair and technique as one of the club's most dangerous attacking players off the bench. He could become a central figure for Minnesota United FC in the club's 2017 expansion season.
OUTSIDE MLS: Venegas was a key player for Costa Rica first division club L.D. Alajuelense over the last two seasons he spent there, recording 15 goals and 10 assists in 58 regular season games. He helped the club win the 2013/14 Torneo de Invierno, while registering two goals and three assists in 14 Costa Rican playoff games. During his career, Venegas has also played for Costa Rican clubs Puntarenas FC, Santos de Guápiles and Barrio México.
INTERNATIONAL: At the international level, Venegas is a regular member of the Costa Rican National Team, scoring seven goals in 30 games. He made his senior debut on September 3, 2014, against Nicaragua in the Copa Centroamericana, scoring his first career goal in that game before helping Los Ticos win the tournament. He recently appeared in four 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup games and two out of three Copa America Centenario matches.