Dan Kennedy (soccer)
|Full name||Daniel Hoffard Kennedy|
|Date of birth||July 22, 1982|
|Place of birth||Fullerton, California, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2001–2004||UC Santa Barbara Gauchos|
|2003–2004||Orange County Blue Star||26||(0)|
|2005–2006||Puerto Rico Islanders||55||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 21, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
College and amateur
Kennedy attended El Dorado High School in Placentia, California. After graduating, he went to college at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he majored in Communications and minored in Sport Management. He was also an All-American Goalkeeper for the soccer team, the UCSB Gauchos, setting numerous school records the most notable being career shutout leader shutouts. He was a member of the 2004 UCSB team that marched to the finals of the 2004 Division I Men's College Cup. In the championship game against Indiana University, Kennedy allowed only 1 goal through extra time, UCSB ended up losing in a penalty shootout. Kennedy was named to the All Tournament team for his performances in the playoffs.
During his college years, Kennedy also played with Orange County Blue Star in the USL Premier Development League. He played alongside Jürgen Klinsmann, who played under a pseudonym, as well as UCSB teammate Tony Lochhead.
Kennedy was drafted by Chivas USA in the 4th Round (38th overall) of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft out of UCSB and joined the MetroStars as a substitute goalkeeper, before joining the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2005. He made his debut with the club and his performances in the season saw him finish second in the league's goalkeeping stakes and led to him being named Rookie of the Year by the United Soccer Leagues.
On April 9, 2008 it was announced that Municipal had transferred Kennedy to Chivas USA. In the final game of the 2008 MLS season, Dan received a red card meaning he had to sit out the first round of the MLS playoffs.
Kennedy came into his own during the 2011 season and was named the Chivas USA Player of the Year. After the season he signed a multi-year contract extension with the club.
As of May 13, 2014 Kennedy is 3 games away to breaking Jonathan Bornstein & Francisco Mendoza all time appearances for Chivas USA.
- "Dan Kennedy". UCSB Gauchos. Retrieved 2006-10-26.
- "Daniel "Dan" Kennedy". United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved 2006-10-26.
- "Final 2005 USL First Division Awards announced". United Soccer Leagues (USL). 2005. Retrieved 2006-10-26.
- Chivas sign GK Dan Kennedy From www.MLSNet.com, Posted April 9, 2008.