Kaye with Louisville City in 2017
|Full name||Mark-Anthony Kaye|
|Date of birth||December 2, 1994|
|Place of birth||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Los Angeles FC|
|2014||Toronto FC III||9||(1)|
|2014||→ Wilmington Hammerheads (loan)||7||(2)|
|2015||Toronto FC II||21||(0)|
|2018–||Los Angeles FC||67||(9)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 8, 2020|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 29, 2021
Kaye was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and first began playing soccer with Wexford SC in Scarborough. He attended High School at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute where he would play soccer, where he was twice named team MVP, as well as participating in cross country, and track and field.
College and youth
Kaye played two years of college soccer at York University between 2012 and 2013. During his college career he played in 29 matches and scored 18 goals. He was named OUA rookie of the year after his Freshman season and selected to the CIS all-Canadian second-team and the OUA first-team as a Sophomore. York would win the OUA championship during his final season.
Kaye left York and joined TFC Academy, the academy side of Major League Soccer's Toronto FC in 2013. In 2014, he played in League1 Ontario with the senior academy team appearing in nine matches and scoring one goal.
Wilmington Hammerheads (loan)
Kaye joined the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Pro on loan from TFC Academy in August 2014 as part of an affiliation between the two clubs. He made his professional debut on August 23, 2014 in a league match against Orange County Blues FC. The next day, Kaye tallied his first professional goal and assist as Wilmington drew 3–3 with LA Galaxy II. In total, Kaye appeared in 7 matches and tallied 2 goals and 2 assists during his loan with the Hammerheads.
Toronto FC II
On March 12, 2015 Kaye and seven other players were signed by USL side Toronto FC II ahead of their inaugural season. He made his debut against the Charleston Battery on March 21 and would appear in 22 matches without a goal.
On January 13, 2016 Kaye would sign with USL side Louisville City FC and he would make his season debut in the opening match on March 26 against Charlotte. He would go on to play in 24 of Louisville's 28 regular season matches scoring one goal with three assists. He also played in two of Louisville's three USL Cup matches going goalless. He did, however, score in the penalty shootout in the Eastern Conference Finals match against New York Red Bulls II. A match New York would go on to win.
Kaye would miss the first two matches of the 2017 season while on international duty and would make his season debut on April 8 against Richmond. He would on to play in 19 of Louisville's 32 regular season matches scoring four goals. He also played in both of Louisville's U.S. Open Cup matches; scoring once against the Tartan Devils. In the USL Cup playoffs Kaye would start all four matches as he and Louisville would go on to win the USL Cup Final against Swope Park.
Los Angeles FC
After two seasons in Louisville, Kaye would be transferred to MLS side Los Angeles FC for their inaugural season. He would make his LAFC debut against the Seattle Sounders during the 2018 season opener. On July 26, 2018, Kaye suffered a fractured foot in the El Tráfico rivalry game against the LA Galaxy, with coach Bob Bradley saying he'd need surgery, with LAFC setting no timetable for his return; NBC Sports reported that the injury would sideline the player for "4-6 months".
In May 2016, Kaye was called to Canada's U23 national team for a pair of friendlies against Guyana and Grenada. He saw action in both matches. In March 2017 Kaye was called up again to the U23 side for the Aspire Tournament which also featured the hosts Qatar and Uzbekistan.
Kaye made his debut for the senior team against Curaçao in a friendly on June 13, 2017. On June 27, he was named to Canada's squad for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He was named to the squad for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup on May 20, 2019.
Style of play
During his time at Louisville, Kaye played as an "attacking midfielder and winger", however following his ascension into MLS, he assumed a "box-to-box central midfield role, one that he's thriving in"; he also performed this role on international duty with Canada. LAFC coach Bob Bradley said of Kaye: "He brings a little bit more range, a little bit more ability to get around the ball, a little bit of an ability to close down, win some balls in air, get into the box in both sides. All those things make him a little bit different". During his time with Toronto FC II, Kaye was frequently used at left back.
- As of December 22, 2020
|Toronto FC III||2014||League1 Ontario||9||1||0||0||—||—||—||9||1|
|Wilmington Hammerheads (loan)||2014||USL Pro||7||2||1||0||0||0||—||—||8||2|
|Toronto FC II||2015||USL||21||0||0||0||—||—||—||21||0|
|Louisville City FC||2016||USL||24||1||2||0||0||0||—||—||26||1|
|Los Angeles FC||2018||MLS||20||2||0||0||2||0||—||—||22||2|
- As of March 29, 2021
- As of March 29, 2021
- Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Kaye goal.
|1||March 29, 2021||IMG Academy, Bradenton, United States||Cayman Islands||5–0||11–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Toronto FC III
Los Angeles FC
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