ACQUIRED: Traded from Montreal Impact to Minnesota United in exchange for right back Chris Duvall and General Allocation Money
Venegas is currently on loan with Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica international Venegas was first acquired by Montreal Impact from L.D. Alajuelense in August 2015. After featuring in 12 matches in his debut season in MLS, the attacker struggled to earn a starting spot in his first full campaign in the league, despite shining for his country at the 2016 Copa America Centenario and then against the United States in a November World Cup qualifier.
With MNUFC, Venegas made 12 starts (22 total appearances) during the 2017 campaign, scoring in the 4-2 victory over Real Salt Lake and the equalizer at Houston Dynamo. He often featured on the wing for Montreal, too, showing pace, flair and technique as one of the most dangerous attacking players off the bench.
Venegas was a key player for Costa Rica first-division club Alajuelense over the last two seasons he spent there, recording 15 goals and 10 assists in 58 regular-season matches. He helped the club win the 2013–14 Torneo de Invierno, registering two goals and three assists in 14 playoff games. During his career, Venegas has also played for Costa Rican clubs Puntarenas, Santos de Guapiles and Barrio Mexico.
2017: Made MNUFC debut as a starter and recorded first assist of the year on March 3 at POR ... Missed March 25 match at NE due to international duty with Costa Rica ... Scored first goal of the year on April 1 vs RSL ... Scored the tying goal, his second goal of the year, on April 15 at HOU ... Earned his second assist of the season on April 23 vs COL ... Earned third assist on May 27 vs ORL ... Missed June 3 at SKC and June 14 USOC match at SKC due to international duty with Costa Rica ... Missed July 4 vs CLB through July 22 vs HOU due to international duty with Costa Rica ... Earned fourth assist on July 29 vs DC ... Earned fifth assist on October 22 at SJ
INTERNATIONAL: At the international level, Venegas is a regular member of the Costa Rica national team and has scored 10 goals in 51 appearances. He made his senior debut and scored his first career goal on September 3, 2014 against Nicaragua in the Copa Centroamericana before helping Los Ticos win the tournament. He appeared in four 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup games and two out of three Copa America Centenario matches. Additionally, he was a part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup roster and featured in the 1-0 group-stage loss against Serbia and the 2-0 defeat to Brazil.