HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on August 8th, 2014.
Waston arrives in Whitecaps FC after playing the majority of his career in his native Costa Rica’s Primera Division, the country’s top level of club soccer.
During the 2013-14 Primera Division campaign, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound center back appeared in 26 league matches over both the winter and summer seasons for Deportivo Saprissa, scoring seven goals. With four 90 minute appearances and a goal in the playoffs, Waston helped the club capture the Campeonato de Verano for the second time during his tenure.
After starting his professional career with Saprissa’s second division squad in 2006, the hulking defender made the first team debut in 2008, making three regular season starts and one appearance in the playoffs, as Saprissa went on to win the Campeonato de Verano.
Waston was loaned out to Uruguayan side Club Nacional de Football for six months during the winter portion of the 2008/09 campaign. After his stint in Uruguay, Waston returned and made eight regular season appearances for Saprissa during the summer portion of the season, scoring the first professional goal of his career.
In March 2010, Waston was loaned out, this time for three months to Puerto Rican side Bayamón FC, where he helped them qualify for the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League. He then had a trial with Houston, playing for the Dynamo in their 2010 Charities Cup match, but did not sign with the club.
On another loan from Saprissa, Waston appeared in 19 regular season matches for fellow Primera Division club Universidad de Costa Rica in 2010/11, scoring five goals.
In 2011-12, Saprissa loaned Waston out to another Primera Division club, Municipal Pérez Zeledón, where the center back played in a career-high 33 regular season matches (31 starts), notching six goals. Waston also made two playoff appearances that season.
Municipal Pérez Zeledón welcomed Waston back in 2012-13, as the defender played another 20 league matches for the club, scoring four goals. Waston played every minute of the club’s two playoff appearances, scoring twice in a showdown with rival club Herediano on May 8, 2013.
In 127 career league and playoff matches in Primera Division, the defender tallied 27 goals.
On the international stage, the San José native has picked up two caps for the senior Costa Rican side, playing in a 1-0 win over Canada in a friendly on May 28, 2013, as well as a CONCACAF 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match, a 1-0 win over Honduras on June 7, 2013. Waston was also 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.