A physical force at centre back, Kendall Waston joined Whitecaps FC after playing several years in his native Costa Rica’s Primera Division. After playing for several different teams on separate loans, Waston broke out as a first team regular for Deportivo Saprissa in 2013-14, appearing in 26 games and helping them capture the 2014 Campeonato Verano. After his first full season in MLS in 2015, he was voted Whitecaps FC BMO Player of the Year and selected to the 2015 MLS Best XI, while finishing second in voting for 2015 MLS Defender of the Year. In 2016, Waston was named to the MLS All-Star team for the first time.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
2016: Waston started all of his 26 regular season appearances, tallying three goals and one assist, while finishing seventh in MLS in blocks with 21, and sixth in clearances with 153. Waston also added 62 interceptions, good for second on the team. He opened 2016 with a goal in Week 1 versus Montreal Impact, then added a goal each on July 9 and September 24, both ending in draws versus Colorado Rapids. He recorded his first MLS assist on August 12 against San Jose Earthquakes. Waston was named twice to the MLS Team of the Week - after their Week 3 win at Seattle Sounders FC, and again following their Week 27 win at Columbus Crew SC. Waston scored a goal in the international friendly against Crystal Palace FC, then played 45 minutes versus another English Premier League side Arsenal FC as a member of the MLS All-Star team on the following week. Waston also captained the team versus San Jose Earthquakes on October 16. 2015: Waston had a stellar campaign in his first full season with Whitecaps FC, being voted as WFC BMO Player of the Year, becoming the first WFC player ever to be named to the MLS Best XI, and finishing second in voting for the MLS Defender of the Year. He earned four MLS Team of the Week selections and finished in the top 15 in six statistical categories, placing second in aerials won (121), tied for third in the league in clearances with 195 (133 of them are headed clearances, second most in MLS), tied for 11th in blocks (21), 13th in interceptions (112), and 15th in the league in duels won (183). Waston scored two goals in his 28 league appearances, including the all-important insurance goal in the 3-0 Decision Day win over Houston Dynamo. 2014: After making his debut at striker in an 11-minute appearance against LA Galaxy on August 23, Waston started all nine of his remaining regular season appearances at center back. Waston scored two goals off of set pieces, including the goal that sent the Whitecaps to the playoffs, the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Colorado Rapids in the season finale on October 25.
AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
2016: After missing the semifinal series versus Ottawa Fury FC due to international duty, Waston played the full 90 minutes in both legs of the ACC final against Toronto FC. 2015: Waston started three of the four ACC matches to help the ‘Caps to their first-ever Voyageurs Cup.
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
2016: Waston started two matches for Whitecaps FC in their Champions League group stage sweep, captaining the squad in their 4-1 victory over Central FC on September 28. 2015: Waston made one start in the club’s first-ever CONCACAF Champions League campaign, serving as captain and contributing in the clean sheet when the ‘Caps defeated C.D. Olimpia 1-0 on September 16.
2013-14: With Saprissa, Waston scored 7 goals in just 26 appearances, which accounts for the highest goals-per-game pace of his career in Costa Rica. 2012-13: Again on loan with Perez Zeledon, Waston started all 20 of his appearances, scoring four goals. Waston also made three appearances for Saprissa. 2011-12: Waston was loaned out to Perez Zeledon, also in the Primera Division, where he made 33 appearances (31 starts) and scored six goals. 2010-11: Saprissa loaned Waston out to Universidad Costa Rica, where he started in 13 of his 19 appearances, and notched 5 goals. 2009-10: Waston made 4 appearances for Saprissa, starting three of them. 2008-09: After returning from a brief loan with Uraguay’s Club Nacional de Football, Waston appeared in eight matches for Saprissa, including 5 starts. 2007-08: Waston made his first Primera Division appearances, playing in three games for Saprissa.
On the international stage, the San José native has appeared in over 10 senior international matches for Costa Rica. He appeared in friendlies versus Canada in May 2013, the United States in October 2015, Nicaragua in December 2015, and Venezuela in February 2016. Waston has also featured in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the 2016 Copa América Centenario. Previously, Waston was named to Costa Rica’s provisional roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Waston also featured for Costa Rica at the youth level, starring at both the 2005 U-17 FIFA World Cup and the 2007 U-20 FIFA World Cup.