Keven Alemán

Keven Steven Alemán-Bustos (born 25 March 1994) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for Sacramento Republic in the USL.

Keven Alemán
Alemán in January 2017
Personal information
Full name Keven Steven Alemán-Bustos
Date of birth (1994-03-25) 25 March 1994
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sacramento Republic
Number 10
Youth career
2010–2011 Toronto FC
2011–2013 Valladolid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Valladolid B 14 (0)
2014–2016 Herediano 19 (2)
2015Belén (loan) 18 (4)
2016 Belén 10 (0)
2017 Saprissa 17 (1)
2018– Sacramento Republic 40 (3)
National team
2010–2011 Canada U17 8 (3)
2013 Canada U20 2 (0)
2015–2017 Canada U23 3 (0)
2013– Canada 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 19, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 28, 2018

Club career

Early career and Real Valladolid

Alemán was born in San José, Costa Rica and then moved to Brampton, Ontario when he was 10. He attended St. Edmund Campion Secondary School. Keven started playing with Brampton A as soon as he moved to Brampton. Before joining Toronto FC, he played on the Under 16 Ontario Provincial Team coached by Patrick Tobo which also featured fellow players Bryce Alderson and Quillan Roberts. After the Provincial team he joined the TFC Academy in the Canadian Soccer League.[1] Alemán showed great promise along with other Canadians Michael Petrasso and Dylan Carreiro, however all three players left over various issues with Aron Winter, the club's manager at the time. Before leaving to go on trial in Europe, Keven had his rights traded by Toronto FC to the Vancouver Whitecaps in return for Terry Dunfield.[2] However, after a successful trial period in 2011 and attaining his visa, Alemán was able to join the youth ranks at Real Valladolid in Spain.[3][4]


In August 2014, Alemán left Real Valladolid to join C.S. Herediano of Costa Rica. He was unveiled by the team on August 7 with fellow signee Antonio Pedroza.[5] He debuted for Herediano on September 11 in a friendly, and scored a goal for the side in a 3-1 victory.[6] Alemán made his league debut more than two months later on November 30 in a 1-0 victory over Santos de Guápiles.

Alemán was loaned out to fellow Costa Rican side Belén in January 2015, for the remainder of the season.[7] He made his debut for the team against Carmelita on January 2.[8] He scored his first goal for Belén against Limón in a 1-4 loss on February 14.[9]


In July 2016, Aleman transferred to Belén, in order to accommodate his request for more playing time.[10]


In December 2016, it was announced that Aleman had signed a 2.5 year contract with Saprissa.[11][12] In January 2018, it was announced that Aleman had left the club after one year.[13]

Sacramento Republic

In January 2018, Alemán signed with USL side Sacramento Republic FC for the 2018 season.[14]


Alemán was eligible for both Costa Rica and Canada. He began with numerous training camps with Sean Flemming's U17 Canadian side in April 2011 and eventually became a large part of the group leading through the Concacaf championship onto the World Cup. He was a part of Canada's U17 soccer team, making his debut in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He was also a part of Canada's 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship team. Alemán would later reveal to media that Jorge Luis Pinto had approached him about representing Costa Rica in December 2012, a month before the U-20 tournament. He declined, stating he was committed to the Canadian program.

On June 27, 2013 Alemán was listed as a part of the confirmed 23-man squad for Colin Miller's Canada squad for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[15] Alemán made his senior debut for Canada against Mexico July 11 as a second-half substitute for Kyle Bekker, the game ended in a 2-0 defeat.[16]

After more than three years out of the national team picture, Alemán returned to the side under coach Octavio Zambrano, appearing in a 1-0 defeat to El Salvador on October 8, 2017.[17]

Career statistics

International statistics

Canada national team

Statistics as of October 8, 2017


  1. "Junior Roster | Toronto FC". 2010-10-07. Archived from the original on 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2017-03-16.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. "Aleman, Petrasso, Carreiro sign Professional Contracts". May 30, 2013.
  3. Molinaro, John. "Canadian Aleman back in Spain with Valladolid".
  4. "Keven Aleman profile". Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  5. Corella, Randall (August 7, 2014). "Herediano presentó al mexicano Antonio Pedroza y a Keven Alemán como nuevos refuerzos".
  6. "Minor Díaz se despidió del futbol con su afición". September 12, 2014.
  7. "Belén confirma dos nuevas llegadas para el Verano 2015". February 5, 2015. Archived from the original on February 10, 2015.
  8. "Carmelita vs. Belén Siglo XXI 3 – 0". Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  9. Squizzato, Daniel (February 17, 2015). "Canadian Exports: Keven Aleman scores first professional goal in Costa Rica for Belen".
  10. "Herediano cede a Keven Alemán a Belén y negocia con jugador de la Liga MX". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  11. Deportivo Saprissa (December 20, 2016). "Comunicado oficial: Nuevas incorporaciones". Deportivo Saprissa.
  12. Daniel Jimines (December 16, 2016). "Saprissa fichará a Dave Myrie y Keven Alemán y recibe ofertas por tres jugadores". La Nacion.
  13. Deportivo Saprissa [@SaprissaOfficial] (January 2, 2018). "Agradecemos a Keven Alemán el tiempo en el que defendió los colores del Monstruo ⚽️" [We thank Keven Alemán for the time in which he defended the colors of the Monster ⚽️] (Tweet) (in Spanish) via Twitter.
  15. "Canada Finalize roster for Gold Cup, announces friendly". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  16. "Canada falls to Mexico at Gold Cup". CBC. Retrieved 2013-07-12.
  17. "Recap: El Salvador vs. Canada 10/08/17 - Recap". October 8, 2017.
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