Kendall Waston (left) joined the Vancouver Whitecaps from Costa Rica's Saprissa on August 8, 2014. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
VANCOUVER, Canada – Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps announced Friday the acquisition of Kendall Waston from 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) participant Saprissa.
Waston arrives in Canada having played the majority of his career in Costa Rica’s Primera Division. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound center back recently completed the 2013-14 season with Monstruo Morado scoring eight goals in 30 league and playoff appearances, helping his side capture the Verano title.
“Kendall is a big, physical, aggressive center back who has a nose for the net,” said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson. “He offers us a different look and we are excited to welcome Kendall to our club and city.”
In addition to his tenure with Saprissa, the 26-year-old has enjoyed numerous loan spells, including six-months with Uruguay’s Nacional during the second half of 2008, with Puerto Rican side Bayamon FC in the spring of 2010, as well as intra-league loans with UCR during the 2010-11 season and Perez Zeledon in 2011-12 and 2012-13. Over the course of seven seasons in Costa Rica’s top flight Waston has scored 26 goals in 127 league and playoff appearances.
He has also scored two goals in three CCL games with Saprissa during the 2009-10 CCL. in which he scored two goals. In addition, Waston has made two appearances with the Costa Rican National Team, including the 1-0 victory for the Ticos last June in a World Cup qualifier versus Honduras.
"I'm very excited and thankful about this new opportunity," said Waston, who has two caps for Costa Rica. “I look forward to giving 100 per cent of my courage and heart to these fantastic supporters."
With the recent retirement of Jay Demerit, it is expected that Waston will fill the hole left by the former United States international.