Kevin McKenna

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Kevin McKenna
McKenna with Köln in 2010.
Personal information
Full name Kevin James McKenna
Date of birth (1980-01-21) 21 January 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 192.5 cm (6 ft 3.8 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1990–1995 Calgary Foothills FC
1995–1998 Calgary Dinos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Energie Cottbus 5 (0)
2001 Heart of Midlothian (loan) 8 (0)
2001–2005 Heart of Midlothian 114 (21)
2005–2007 Energie Cottbus 63 (10)
2007–2014 1. FC Köln 141 (11)
National team
2000–2012 Canada 63 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:33, 17 January 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 January 2015

Kevin James McKenna (born 21 January 1980 in Calgary) is a retired Canadian professional soccer player who ended his career with 1. FC Köln after the 2013-14 Second German Bundesliga season. He was a centre back who also played as a central midfielder or striker.

Club career[edit]

McKenna began to play with soccer 1990 in the Academy team of Calgary Foothills and was promoted to the senior team in 1991. He was selected for the Alberta Provincial Under 15 team in 1995 and won the Canadian National Championships with them that year. Owen Hargreaves was also part of that Alberta team.

Energie Cottbus[edit]

After playing with Calgary Foothills as an amateur, McKenna played three seasons (the first two in the reserves) with German Bundesliga side Energie Cottbus. On the first game of the 2000–01 season, McKenna and international teammate Paul Stalteri simultaneously became the first Canadians to play in the German Bundesliga in a match between McKenna's newly promoted Cottbus and Stalteri's Werder Bremen.[2]


In 2001, McKenna moved to Scottish Premier League team Hearts on loan, playing eight games for the Edinburgh club. After a £300,000 transfer that summer, McKenna was the club's second leading scorer in the 2001–02 season with nine goals in 35 games. As a mostly reserve striker in 2002–03, McKenna scored six in 41. He also scored five goals in 38 games in 2003–04. After falling out of favour at Hearts in 2005, McKenna returned to Energie Cottbus. He was elected as the club's new captain after the departure of former skipper Gregg Berhalter.

1. FC Köln[edit]

In the summer of 2007, McKenna signed a four-year contract with 1. FC Köln, dropping down a division to the German Second Division. McKenna made his debut for his new team on 10 August 2007, in a 2–0 away win against FC St. Pauli. Several weeks later, McKenna scored his first goal for the club on 5 October in a 4–1 home victory over Kickers Offenbach. He helped Köln to promotion into the top flight in his first season with the club.

McKenna scored his first goal in the 2010–11 season in a 4–2 away loss to powerhouse Werder Bremen on 28 August, the other goal scored by teammate Lukas Podolski. Weeks later during the month of September, McKenna had surgery done on his knee and was labeled out indefinitely, however he made a faster recovery then originally anticipated and returned to the first team in early December. He did not see any playing time until being subbed on in the 75th minute to Schalke 04 on 19 December, the game ended as a 3–0 loss.

McKenna made his 2011–12 debut as a starter on 13 August against Schalke in the team's second game of the season, it ended as a 5–1 away loss. Two weeks later Mckenna scored his first goal of the season and the winning goal to beat Hamburger SV in a thrilling 4–3 away victory.[3]

International career[edit]

McKenna made his debut for Canada in a May 2000 friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago. By November 2009, he has earned a total of 46 caps, scoring nine goals.[4] He has represented Canada in four FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[5] McKenna has been a regular for the Canadian national team since 2002, when he featured in the CONCACAF Gold Cup as a target man for Holger Osieck's side. McKenna scored three goals, including a brace over Haiti in the first round.

McKenna earned his 50th cap for team Canada in a friendly against Ecuador prior to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the game ended in a 2–2 home draw at BMO Field.[6] McKenna was named the captain for Canada during the Gold Cup with Paul Stalteri not in the tournament roster.[7]

International goals[edit]

# Date City Opponent Result Competition
1. 30 May 2000 Winnipeg, MB, Canada  Honduras 3–1 Friendly
2. 18 January 2002 Miami, FL, United States  Haiti 2–0 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3. 18 January 2002 Miami, FL, United States  Haiti 2–0 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4. 26 January 2002 Miami, FL, United States  Martinique 1–1 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
5. 12 February 2003 Tripoli, Libya  Libya 4–2 Friendly
6. 1 June 2003 Wolfsburg, Germany  Germany 1–4 Friendly
7. 13 June 2004 Kingston, ON, Canada  Belize 4–0 2006 World Cup Qualification
8. 26 March 2005 Barcelos, Portugal  Portugal 1–4 Friendly
9. 25 July 2005 Burnaby, BC, Canada  Honduras 1–2 Friendly
10. 7 September 2010 Montreal, QC, Canada  Honduras 2–1 Friendly
11. 29 February 2012 Limassol, Cyprus  Armenia 1–3 Friendly



Canada Under 15 Cup Winners 1995




  1. ^ "Kevin McKenna". Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Paul Stalteri profile". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cologne clinch seven goal thriller". 27 August 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (29 February 2012). "Canada - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Kevin McKennaFIFA competition record
  6. ^ "Canada draws Ecuador". Rogers Sportsnet. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Bottjer, Steve (12 June 2011). "XI out of 10: CAN v Guadeloupe". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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