Player Details


Kendall Waston


6' 5"


196 lbs

Date of Birth

1.1.1988 (36)


San Jose, Costa Rica



Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side



Career Summary

Option declined following 2020 season.

Waston is a dominant center back, capable of dictating play in the back and tucking away an occasional goal on an attacking set piece. He finished third in voting for MLS Defender of the Year in 2017 and second in 2015. The Costa Rican international was named FC Cincinnati's first captain in MLS and has made 25 starts for his new club.

INTERNATIONAL: Since making his international debut in 2013, Waston has 41 career caps with the Costa Rica national team. The defender has tallied six goals and added one assist for the Ticos. Waston made his World Cup debut at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and scored Costa Rica’s first goal of the tournament in their group stage match against Switzerland on June 27, 2018.

OUTSIDE MLS: Began his career at Costa Rican powerhouse Saprissa. His time with that club included several loan spells, including those domestically at Carmelita, UCR and Perez Zeledon. Waston also played for Bayamon in Puerto Rico and Nacional in Uruguay on loan. Won the 2015 Amway Canadian Championship with Vancouver, and has played in the Concacaf Champions League for Saprissa and Vancouver.

NOTES: 2-time Best XI selection (2015, 2017)