Dan Kennedy (soccer)

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Dan Kennedy
Dan Kennedy Chivas USA 2011.jpg
Kennedy playing for Chivas USA in 2011
Personal information
Full name Daniel Hoffard Kennedy
Date of birth (1982-07-22) July 22, 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Fullerton, California, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
LA Galaxy
Number 1
Youth career
El Dorado High School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 84 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Orange County Blue Star 21 (0)
2005 MetroStars 0 (0)
2005–2006 Puerto Rico Islanders 55 (0)
2007–2008 Municipal Iquique 34 (0)
2008–2014 Chivas USA 144 (0)
2015 FC Dallas 16 (0)
2016– LA Galaxy 3 (0)
2016 LA Galaxy II (loan) 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 11, 2016.

Daniel Hoffard "Dan" Kennedy (born July 22, 1982) is an American soccer player who currently plays as goalkeeper for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.

Early life and education[edit]

Kennedy was born July 22, 1982, in Fullerton, California.[1] He attended El Dorado High School in Placentia, California and played 3 years for the school's varsity soccer team.[2][3]

He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and was a student-athlete on the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer team. As a member of the 2004 UCSB team, he participated in the championship match of the 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, but lost on penalty kicks.[4] In his four-year career as a starter for UCSB, he appeared in 84 games.[5][6][7][8]

Senior playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

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. In two seasons with the club, Kennedy appeared in 21 games.[9][10]

Professional[edit]

American start[edit]

Kennedy was drafted by C.D. Chivas USA in the 4th Round (38th overall) of the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft out of UCSB.[11] He was not kept on for the season, but joined MetroStars as a temporary backup due to injuries to their personnel.[12][13][14]

Puerto Rico Islanders[edit]

He was signed by Hugo Maradona to play with USL First Division side Puerto Rico Islanders in April 2005.[15][16] He played every minute for the Islanders in the 2005 United Soccer Leagues season en route to being named the 2005 USL First Division Rookie of the Year.[17][18] He made 55 appearances in his two seasons with the club.[19][20]

Municipal Iquique[edit]

Kennedy was under contract with Puerto Rico and was expected to return for the 2007 United Soccer Leagues season, but was transferred to Primera B de Chile side Municipal Iquique for the 2007 season.[21][22] He immediately attracted attention for his play, with Club Universidad de Chile, Club Deportivo Universidad Católica, and Cobreloa all rumored to have been interested in him.[23] Kennedy led the Primera B in goals against average for the 2007 season.[24]

Chivas USA[edit]

In April 2008, Chivas USA re-acquired their former draft pick to understudy current starter Brad Guzan for the 2008 Major League Soccer season.[24] Guzan, however, was transferred by Chivas to Aston Villa F.C. in July with head coach Preki bringing in veteran Zach Thornton as the number one.[25] A torn hamstring ruled Thornton out for weeks, thrusting Kennedy into the starting role.[25]

With the starting goalkeeper undecided between Thornton and Kennedy ahead of the 2009 Major League Soccer season, a preseason knee injury suffered by Kennedy knocked him out of contention.[26] Rehabilitation on the knee failed and Kennedy underwent reconstructive surgery to his posterior cruciate ligament in June 2009, washing out his entire season.[26]

Thornton remained Chivas USA's starter for the majority of the 2010 Major League Soccer season, but early struggles by Thornton in the 2011 Major League Soccer season led to Kennedy being named the starter.[27] He remained the starter for the rest of the season en route to being named the 2011 Chivas USA Most Valuable Player.[28] December 2011 saw Kennedy sign a multi-year extension with Chivas USA.[29]

Kennedy remained the starter until Chivas folded after the 2014 Major League Soccer season.[30] He finished in second place for the 2012 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award despite Chivas USA's last-place finish and participated in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game.[30][31] In May 2013, signed a contract extension with Chivas and Major League Soccer through the 2016 season.[32] Francisco Palencia, the Chivas technical director, said of Kennedy at the time of the signing, "He's our captain and our symbol at this moment, so we're very happy to extend this contract."[30][33] Kennedy celebrated his new contract by scoring his first professional goal on May 28, 2013, on a penalty kick in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against Los Angeles Blues.[34]

Kennedy finished his Chivas USA career as the franchise's all-time leader in games played (144), games started (142), saves (451), and shutouts (28).[35] Despite Chivas USA's demise, Kennedy's future was secure in Major League Soccer due to the extension he previously signed.[36]

FC Dallas[edit]

After the contraction of Chivas USA, Kennedy was selected 1st overall in the 2014 MLS Dispersal Draft by FC Dallas.[37] Despite making 16 appearances for Dallas, he became surplus to requirements when Jesse Gonzalez replaced him as a starter.[38][39]

LA Galaxy[edit]

Following the 2015 Major League Soccer season, Kennedy was traded to LA Galaxy in exchange for two picks in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.[40][41]

Honors and awards[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dan Kennedy Player Profile". ESPN FC. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "LA Galaxy acquire former Chivas USA GK Dan Kennedy". Los Angeles Daily News. December 15, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ "UC Santa Barbara player profile: 1 – Dan Kennedy". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ Jones, Grahame L. (December 13, 2004). "UC Santa Barbara Falls in Final". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ "2001 UC Santa Barbara Combined Team Statistics". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. November 19, 2001. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "2002 UC Santa Barbara Combined Team Statistics". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. November 29, 2002. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ "2003 Final Overall Statistics". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. June 14, 2004. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ "2004 UC Santa Barbara Overall Team Statistics". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. December 14, 2004. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  9. ^ "2003 Orange County Blue Star roster and statistics". http://www.uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on June 10, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  10. ^ "2004 Orange County Blue Star roster and statistics". http://www.uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on May 16, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  11. ^ "Chivas USA acquires two goalkeepers and two midfielders in 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft". Major League Soccer. January 22, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Dan Kennedy to back up Zach Wells". http://www.metrofanatic.com. April 1, 2005. Retrieved April 22, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  13. ^ Lewis, Michael (April 5, 2005). "METROSTAR FOR A DAY". http://bigapplesoccer.com. Retrieved April 22, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ Schneider, Rich (April 2, 2005). "Mother Nature aids Metros-RSL draw". Archived from the original on April 4, 2005. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  15. ^ Alvarez-Galloso, Roberto (December 27, 2012). "Puerto Rico Islanders: A Rising Star in the Caribbean". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  16. ^ Paese, Gabrielle (April 29, 2005). "Puerto Rico Islanders open 2005 season versus Montreal Impact". Puerto Rico Herald. Puerto Rico. Archived from the original on October 17, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Final 2005 USL First Division Awards announced". United Soccer League. September 30, 2005. Archived from the original on March 25, 2006. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  18. ^ "USL: 2005 First Division Awards". Soccer America. Oakland, California. September 30, 2005. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  19. ^ "2005 Puerto Rico Islanders roster and statistics". http://www.uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on March 19, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  20. ^ "2006 Puerto Rico Islanders roster and statistics". http://www.uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  21. ^ Arce, Luis Santiago (December 15, 2006). "Lección para los Islanders". El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Retrieved April 22, 2016 – via http://www.adendi.com. 
  22. ^ Arce, Luis Santiago (March 20, 2007). "Josh Saunders y Boss luchan la portería". El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Retrieved April 22, 2016 – via http://www.adendi.com. 
  23. ^ "Clubes de la Primera A tientan al "gringo" Kennedy". La Estrella de Iquique (in Spanish). Iquique. April 10, 2007. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  24. ^ a b "Chivas sign GK Dan Kennedy". Major League Soccer. April 9, 2008. Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  25. ^ a b Jones, Grahame L. (November 1, 2008). "Chivas USA endures playoff shuffle in goal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  26. ^ a b Jones, Grahame L. (February 5, 2010). "Chivas USA's Dan Kennedy ready to take his shot". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  27. ^ Vera, Jonathan (April 14, 2011). "Kennedy takes hold of Chivas USA's starting goalkeeper spot". http://sbisoccer.com. Retrieved April 22, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  28. ^ French, Scott (October 25, 2011). "CHIVAS USA: Kennedy is club MVP". ESPN. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  29. ^ Firchau, Nick (December 6, 2011). "Chivas USA secure Kennedy with multi-year deal". Major League Soccer. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  30. ^ a b c Straus, Brian (October 23, 2014). "As Chivas USA creeps toward end, GK Dan Kennedy embraces perspective". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  31. ^ Wiebe, Andrew (November 28, 2012). "Sporting KC's Nielsen voted Allstate Goalkeeper of the Yr". Major League Soccer. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  32. ^ Peltz, Jim (May 2, 2013). "Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy signs contract extension". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  33. ^ Angulo, Blair (May 2, 2013). "Dan Kennedy on his Chivas USA contract extension: "We're taking steps in the right direction"". Major League Soccer. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  34. ^ Cervantes, Olivia (May 28, 2013). "Kennedy da la victoria a las Chivas – Kennedy leads Chivas to win". Chivas USA. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  35. ^ Nguyen, Thuc Nhi (March 4, 2016). "Dan Kennedy prepares to bring another MLS Cup to LA". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  36. ^ Straus, Brian (October 27, 2014). "Chivas USA folds; MLS will realign, relaunch second LA team in 2017". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Dan Kennedy heads to FC Dallas in Chivas USA dispersal draft". Sports Illustrated. November 19, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  38. ^ Vertelney, Seth (December 15, 2015). "LA Galaxy acquire Dan Kennedy from FC Dallas". http://www.goal.com. Retrieved April 22, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  39. ^ Baxter, Kevin (November 9, 2015). "FC Dallas' success offers hope for Galaxy and Dan Kennedy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  40. ^ "FC Dallas trades goalkeeper Dan Kennedy to the LA Galaxy in exchange for draft picks". FC Dallas. December 15, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  41. ^ "LA Galaxy acquire goalkeeper Dan Kennedy". LA Galaxy. December 15, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alejandro Moreno
Chivas USA captain
2013
Succeeded by
Carlos Bocanegra