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Kendall Waston
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Waston in 2019
Personal information
Full name Kendall Jamaal Waston Manley
Date of birth 1 January 1988 (1988-01-01) (age 33)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.96 m
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club Saprissa
Number 4
Youth career
Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2014 Saprissa 41 (8)
2007 → Carmelita (loan)
2008 Nacional (loan) 0 (0)
2010 → Bayamón (loan)
2010–2011 → UCR (loan) 19 (5)
2011–2012 → Pérez Zeledón (loan) 35 (6)
2013 → Pérez Zeledón (loan) 22 (6)
2014–2018 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 115 (14)
2019–2020 FC Cincinnati 42 (1)
2021– Saprissa 15 (4)
National team
Costa Rica U17
Costa Rica U20 1 (0)
2008 Costa Rica U23
2013– Costa Rica 47 (7)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 May 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 July 2021 (UTC)

Kendall Jamaal Waston Manley (born 1 January 1988) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Liga FPD club Saprissa and the Costa Rica national team.

Club career

Saprissa and loans

Waston made his professional debut for Saprissa in 2006 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. 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. In May 2012 Waston returned to Deportivo Saprissa to be part of the first team.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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.

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. 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. 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 Cincinnati

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. Waston captained the team for the majority of the 2019 MLS season. He was released by Cincinnati at the end of their 2020 season.

International career

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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.

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. 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.

Career statistics

International

Costa Rica
Year Apps Goals
2013 2 0
2015 3 1
2016 10 0
2017 9 2
2018 7 4
2019 11 0
2020 1 0
2021 4 0
Total 47 7

International goals

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
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 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

Honours

Saprissa

  • Liga FPD: Clausura 2014, Clausura 2021
  • Costa Rican Cup : 2013

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Individual

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