Kendall Waston

Kendall Jamaal Waston Manley (born 1 January 1988) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a defender for FC Cincinnati and the Costa Rica national football team.

Kendall Waston
Kendall Waston March19.jpg
Waston with FC Cincinnati in 2019
Personal information
Full name Kendall Jamaal Waston Manley[1]
Date of birth (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Center Back
Club information
Current team
FC Cincinnati
Number 2
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2014 Saprissa 41 (8)
2007Carmelita (loan)
2008Nacional (loan) 0 (0)
2010Bayamón (loan) (5)
2010–2011UCR (loan) 19 (5)
2011–2012Pérez Zeledón (loan) 35 (6)
2013Pérez Zeledón (loan) 22 (6)
2014–2018 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 115 (14)
2019– FC Cincinnati 40 (1)
National team
2007 Costa Rica U-20 1 (0)
2008 Costa Rica U-23
2013– Costa Rica 42 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 October 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 June 2019

Club careerEdit

Saprissa and loansEdit

Waston made his professional debut for Saprissa in 2006[2] and played on loan for Carmelita in the Primera División de Costa Rica before moving abroad for a six-month loan spell with Club Nacional de Football in the Primera División Uruguaya from February 2008.[3] In March 2010, Waston signed a three-month loan deal with Bayamón of the Puerto Rico Soccer League to help the club qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League. He later had three more loan spells, one at UCR and two at Pérez Zeledón.[4] In May 2012 Waston returned to Deportivo Saprissa to be part of the first team.

Vancouver Whitecaps FCEdit

On 8 August 2014, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced a deal that they had acquired the defender from Saprissa. Waston joined the first team in the midst of their 2014 MLS season.[5]

On 25 October 2014, Waston scored the only goal in the Whitecaps' final game of the regular season, heading in a corner kick from Pedro Morales, sending the Whitecaps to the playoffs for the second time in their four years since joining MLS.[6] The impact that Waston had on the Whitecaps' season after joining the club earned him a nomination for MLS Player of the Month for October.[7]

Waston played his 100th MLS game for the Whitecaps on 26 May 2018, against San Jose.

He signed a new contract before the 2018 season, becoming a designated player under league rules.

Waston was the captain of Vancouver Whitecaps, having been named so before the 2017 MLS season.

FC CincinnatiEdit

On 11 December 2018, Waston was traded to FC Cincinnati ahead of their inaugural season in MLS. Vancouver received $450,000 of General Allocation Money, $300,000 of Targeted Allocation Money and an international roster spot.[8]

Waston captained the team for the majority of the 2019 MLS season.[citation needed]

International careerEdit

Waston with Costa Rica at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

A big defender, Waston was part of Costa Rica's 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad.[9]

He made his senior debut for Costa Rica in a May 2013 match against Canada and earned, as of December 2014, one more cap in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification against Honduras.[1] On 8 October, he scored a 95th-minute equaliser for Costa Rica against Honduras to send Costa Rica to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. While placed on the bench for the first two games of the FIFA world cup Kendall had a chance to play in the third match and was able to score off a header and gain his first World Cup goal.[10]

Career statisticsEdit


As of 17 November 2019[11]
Costa Rica
Year Apps Goals
2013 2 0
2014 0 0
2015 3 1
2016 10 0
2017 9 2
2018 7 4
2019 11 0
Total 42 7

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.[12]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 December 2015 Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceño, Liberia, Costa Rica   Nicaragua 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 28 March 2017 Estadio Francisco Morazán, San Pedro Sula, Honduras   Honduras 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 7 October 2017 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica   Honduras 1–1 1–1
4. 27 June 2018 Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia    Switzerland 1–1 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup
5. 16 October 2018 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States   Colombia 1–1 1–3 Friendly
6. 16 November 2018 Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua, Chile   Chile 1–0 3–2
7. 2–0



Vancouver Whitecaps FC



  1. ^ a b c "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ El curioso caso de Kendall Waston Archived 4 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine - Al Día (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Kendall Waston se enrola en Nacional Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Solís sigue a la espera, Loaiza y Waston suenan en Pérez - Nación (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Brandon Timko (8 August 2014). "Addition of centre back Kendall Waston targeted for defensive and offensive help | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  6. ^ Michael McColl (27 October 2014). "After sending Vancouver Whitecaps to playoffs, Kendall Waston says "biggest" goal lies ahead". Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  7. ^ MLSSoccer staff (27 October 2014). "Vote now for Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month for October". Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Cincinnati Adds Two-Time MLS Best XI Selection, Kendall Waston | FC Cincinnati".
  9. ^ Kendall WastonFIFA competition record
  10. ^ "World Cup Qualifying – Men". CONCACAF. Archived from the original on 2 September 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Kendall Waston". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Waston, Kendall". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  13. ^ "2017 MLS Best XI revealed: Who was the best in 2017?". MLS Soccer. 30 November 2017.
  14. ^ "2017 CONCACAF Award Winners Announced". CONCACAF. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.

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