Kennya Cordner

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Kennya "Yaya" Cordner
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Cordner playing for Seattle Reign FC in 2013
Personal information
Full name Kennya Cordner
Date of birth (1988-11-18) 18 November 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Speyside, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
IL Sandviken, Bergen, Norway
Youth career
2006–2007 Young Harris College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Northampton Laurels FC (6)
2009 Kvarnsvedens IK (5)
2011 Brisbane Roar FC 4 (1)
2011 San Juan Jabloteh FC 2 (16)
2013 Seattle Reign Reserves 3 (4)
2013 Seattle Reign FC 2 (0)
2014 Seattle Sounders Women
2017 FC Dallas Women
2018 IL Sandviken
National team
2006– Trinidad and Tobago 17 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kennya Cordner (born 11 November 1988) is a Tobagonian soccer forward who is currently signed with the norwegian team IL Sandviken.

Previously Seattle Sounders Women in the W-League, the Brisbane Roar FC of Australia's W-League as well as the Northampton Laurels FC and Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She is also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago women's national football team.

Early life[edit]

Cordner grew up in Speyside, Tobago where she attended Signal Hill Secondary Comprehensive. It was at Signal Hill where she was introduced to football.[1]

Young Harris College[edit]

Cordner attended Young Harris College, a private university located in the state of Georgia in the United States. In 2006, she scored 18 goals and provided nine assists in the 13 games that she played for the Mountain Lions. In 2007, she played in 17 matches, scoring 37 goals, serving 13 assists for a total of 87 points for the season – the highest in the program.[2]

Playing career[edit]


Northampton Laurels FC[edit]

In 2006, Cordner signed with the Northampton Laurels FC in the WPSL, the highest division of women's professional soccer available in the United States at the time. At the time of her signing, the team was ranked third in the WPSL Eastern Conference – South Division. With Cordner's game-winning goal over top-seeded side Adirondack Lynx, she helped secure Northampton's place in the playoffs.[3][4]

Kvarnsvedens IK[edit]

Cordner signed with Swedish side, Kvarnsvedens IK, for part of the 2009 season. She scored five goals for the squad. [5]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

Cordner signed with the Brisbane Roar FC in late 2010 for the remaining two months of the 2010–2011 season. Of her signing she stated, "The quality of football here (in Australia) is much higher than that of my previous encounters, apart from national duty, and I am sure it will improve my game. This means a whole lot for my career because not only do I have the opportunity to become a better player, but set a standard be a role model for the younger players coming up."[6] She made four appearances playing a total of 99 minutes and scored one goal helping the Roar ultimately win the 2010–2011 W-League Championship.[1][7][8][9][10]

San Juan Jabloteh FC[edit]

Cordner played for San Juan Jabloteh FC of the Lucky Bakery Women's Super League in the summer of 2011. During a match against the Arima Giants, she scored seven goals launching the team to the top of the league standings. During another match against the Tunapuna Titans, she scored nine goals.[11][12][13]

Seattle Reign FC Reserves[edit]

Cordner signed with Issaquah SC, the reserve team for the NWSL's Seattle Reign FC for the 2013 season. During her debut with the team, she scored two goals against Emerald City FC.[14][15][16]

Seattle Reign FC[edit]

On 19 June 2013, it was announced that Cordner had signed with the Seattle Reign FC part way through the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.[17] Of the signing, Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey said, "At every level she has played Kennya has shown she knows how to find the net. We are clearly a club that is in need of a player who can consistently deliver goals, so we are excited to see the impact Kennya can have in the NWSL."[18] Cordner made two appearances for the club and was waived in mid-July to make way another international player on the squad. NWSL rules allow only two international players on a team.[19]


Cordner made her first appearance for the Trinidad and Tobago women's national football team at age 15.[20] She is a leading scorer for the team. In July 2011, she scored nine goals during the Women's Olympic Football Qualifying match against Dominica leading the Trinidad and Tobagan squad to a 15–1 win.[21]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2005 Trinidad and Tobago Female Footballer of the Year
  • 2010 Trinidad and Tobago Female Footballer of the Year


  1. ^ a b "X-Factor: Kennya Cordner". The Women's Game. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Young Harris College Scoring Leaders". National Junior College Athletic Association. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Kennya Cordner joins WPSL's Northampton Laurels". Soca Warriors. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Kennya Cordner already on target". Soca Warriors. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Scorers – Norrettan, ladies". Swedish Football. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Brisbane Roars signs Cordner". Guardian Media. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Cordner setting the pace". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Roar Women through to WWL decider". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Brisbane Roar shock Sydney in W-League final". Brisbane Roar FC. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  10. ^ "De Vanna delight in grand final win". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Cordner's seven put Jabloteh on top". Trinidad Express. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Cordner, Forbes score spectacular goals in Lucky League". Tobago News. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Cordner nets nine in Jabloteh romp". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Softli and Cordner's finishing leads Reign Reserves over Emerald City in WPSL opener". Goal WA. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Seattle Reign FC Reserves". Women's Premier Soccer League. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  16. ^ "Cordner nets a brace". Soca Warriors Online. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Reign FC welcome Rapinoe, sign Cox and Cordner". Goal WA. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  18. ^ "Reign FC welcome Rapinoe, sign Cox and Cordner". Goal WA. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  19. ^ "Reign FC add Aussie Van Egmond, waive Cordner". Goal WA. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  20. ^ "International Soccer Players in Issaquah". G4 Athlete. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  21. ^ "Kennya Cordner scores 9 goals Women's Olympic Football Qualifying Concacaf Caribbean Zone 1". Women's Soccer United. Retrieved 3 June 2013.

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