The most offseason transfers from any foreign club is three from Costa Rica's Saprissa -- Panamanian Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Daniel Guzman (Portland Timbers) and Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United) -- and that number should go up.
Still to be confirmed is the transfer of former New York Red Bulls defender Roy Miller from Saprissa to the Portland Timbers, likely after Saprissa is eliminated from the Concacaf Champions League, and Daniel Colindres, Marvin Angulo and Shaquille Jimenez have been mentioned as possible Saprissa targets by MLS clubs.
Behind the recent influx of Ticos into MLS is Kurt Morsink, who was born to an American father and Costa Rican mother and attended James Madison University. He played for six seasons in MLS with the Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United, and was working as a scouting coordinator for D.C. United until going out on his own as an agent in 2016.
Morsink told the Costa Rican daily La Nacion that he has lots of contacts in Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama and his goal is to "revolutionize the Central American market" for MLS clubs.
The first wave of Tico internationals arrived in MLS with the signing of Roy Myers, Mauricio Solis and Mauricio Wright in 1999. For years, Scandinavia was the first choice of Ticos moving abroad, but interest in MLS has grown as salaries have increased. Morsink told La Nacion that MLS clubs can now pay Costa Rica internationals two or three times what they make in Costa Rica.
In turn, Ticos have caught the attention of MLS clubs with the success of young defenders Kendall Waston at Vancouver and Ronald Matarrita at NYCFC and the deal Columbus was able to make by selling Giancarlo Gonzalez to Italy's Palermo after half a season.
Costa Ricans in MLS (2017):
Christian Bolanos (Vancouver Whitecaps < Saprissa, 2016)
Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United < Saprissa, 2017)
Dennis Castillo (Colorado Rapids < VCU, 2016)
Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew < Herediano, 2014)
Daniel Guzman (Portland Timbers < Saprissa, 2017)
*Ariel Lassiter (LA Galaxy < LA Galaxy II, 2015)
Ronald Matarrita (New York City < Alajuelense, 2016)
Jose Guillermo Ortiz (D.C. United < Herediano, 2017 [loan])
Jose Salvatierra (FC Dallas < Alajuelense, 2017 [loan])
Johan Venegas (Minnesota United < Montreal Impact < Alajuelense, 2015)
Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps < Saprissa, 2014)
*Dual USA-Costa Rica citizen (son of Roy Lassiter).