In 2012, Kennedy made 32 appearances (all starts). He had seven shutouts, finished second in the league with 109 saves, was named to his first MLS All Star team and was named Chivas USA team MVP.
A proven goalkeeper in both the collegiate and professional ranks, Kennedy was selected by Chivas USA in the fourth round of the MLS Supplemental Draft prior to the Red-and-White’s first season in 2005 after a stellar career at UC Santa Barbara. The goalkeeper opted to play professionally in Puerto Rico and Chile before returning to the Red-and-White before the 2008 season, and in five years with Chivas, Kennedy has played 48 regular season games (starting 46), missing the entire 2009 season due to a knee injury. In 2011, Kennedy made 32 appearances (all starts) and in nine games, he finished the match without receiving a goal, and notched 100 saves throughout the season. Because of those statistics and his consistency, Kennedy was among the top five goalkeepers in the league during the season and was named Chivas USA’s Most Valuable Player.
A native of Yorba Linda, Calif., Kennedy played at El Dorado High School before attending UC Santa Barbara, where he started 84 games in a stellar four-year career, leading the Gauchos to three postseason appearances (2002-2004) and to the 2004 NCAA Final. After graduating, Kennedy was with the Puerto Rico Islanders of the United Soccer Leagues First Division for the 2005 and 2006 seasons, and was named Rookie of the Year in 2005. He came to the Red-and-White from Chile's Municipal Iquique, where he spent the 2007 season and led the Chilean Second Division in goals against average.
Other Pro Experience
Kennedy joins Chivas USA from Chile's Municipal Iquique, where he spent the 2007 season and led the Chilean Second Division in goals against average. Prior to his time in South America, Kennedy was with the Puerto Rico Islanders of the United Soccer Leagues First Division for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In 2005, he was named First Division Rookie of the Year after posting a 10-10-8 record for the team while playing every minute of the season. Kennedy's 114 saves that season put him in second place in the league, 10 behind ex-Chivas USA goalkeeper Preston Burpo, then playing for the Seattle Sounders.
Kennedy was a standout at UCSB, where in four seasons (2001-2004) he started all 84 games of his college career, leading the Gauchos to their first three postseason appearances in school history (2002-2004) and to the 2004 NCAA Final, where UCSB fell to the University of Indiana on penalty kicks at The Home Depot Center. Kennedy was on the All-Big West conference teams each of his four seasons, earning Big West Goalkeeper of the Year honors in his last three seasons, and was named an All-American by College Soccer News during his senior year.
Kennedy played alongside former Chivas USA striker Matt Taylor with the Irvine Strikers and Orange County Blue Stars before entering college at Santa Barbara.
Parents are Bill and Terry, and has an older sister, Jenny… Favorite movie is the Count of Monte Cristo, favorite book is Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, and favorite music at the moment includes Kings of Leon… Is a sports fan and enjoys watching Manchester United, Rafael Nadal, Lance Armstrong, and local teams like the Lakers and Angels… Favorite soccer memory was Chivas USA’s 3-0 victory over D.C. United in the 2008 season.
Signed by Chivas USA on April 9, 2008