Waylon Francis

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Waylon Francis
Francis Waylon Columbus Crew SC Meet the Team 2017 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Waylon Dwayne Francis Box
Date of birth (1990-09-20) September 20, 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Limón, Costa Rica
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew SC
Number 14
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Brujas 9 (0)
2011 Limón 18 (0)
2012–2013 Herediano 68 (1)
2014–2017 Columbus Crew SC 83 (0)
2018 Seattle Sounders FC 11 (0)
2018Seattle Sounders FC 2 (loan) 1 (0)
2019– Columbus Crew SC 16 (0)
National team
2013– Costa Rica 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2019

Waylon Dwayne Francis Box (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈwailoɱ ˈfɾansis]; born 20 September 1990) is a Costa Rican footballer who plays as a left-back for Columbus Crew SC in Major League Soccer.


Club career[edit]

Waylon Francis began his career in the youth system of Deportivo Saprissa. He made his First Division debut with Brujas on January 13, 2011 in a match against Barrio México. After a brief stay with Brujas he joined Limón, remaining only for one season with the Caribbean club. In 2012, he joined Herediano. He scored the first goal of his career playing for Herediano at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama against Tauro FC in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. He was a high-profile subject of racist slants in a game against Cartaginés, prompting the referee to stop the game.[1]

His play with Herediano in the Champions League drew the attention of Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC who made him the club's first signing for the 2014 season.[2] Francis made his MLS and club debut on March 8, 2014 in a 3–0 victory over D.C. United.[3] He missed the end of the 2016 season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder in early October.[4] On December 1, 2017, Crew SC declined Francis' contract option, ending his four-year tenure with the club.[5]

On 14 December 2017, Francis was traded to Seattle Sounders FC for $50,000 of General Allocation Money.[6]

On 5 February 2019, Francis was traded to Columbus Crew SC for $50,000 of General Allocation Money.[7]

International career[edit]

Waylon Francis was part of Costa Rica's Under-23 side. He made his debut with the full national teams during the 2013 Copa Centroamericana against Nicaragua and was a non-playing squad member at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Francis was married to Stephanie Gonzales Dávila, but they were divorced in 2016.[9][10]

Francis earned his U.S. green card in June 2016.[11] This status also qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.


  1. ^ Waylon Francis: "Los insultos racistas siempre se dan en Cartago" – Al Día ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  2. ^ Crew add Waylon Francis
  3. ^ "Waylon Francis (2014)". ColumbusCrewSC.com.
  4. ^ "Francis undergoes successful shoulder surgery". ColumbusCrewSC.com.
  5. ^ "Options exercised on 9 players ahead of 2018 season". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.soundersfc.com/post/2017/12/14/sounders-fc-acquires-waylon-francis-columbus-crew-sc
  7. ^ "Sounders FC acquires $50,000 in General Allocation Money from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for defender Waylon Francis". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  8. ^ 2014 World Cup profile – FIFA
  9. ^ Profile – Columbus Crew
  10. ^ "WAYLON D FRANCIS VS STEPHANIE P GONZALEZ DAVILA Court Case Record". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  11. ^ Andrew Erickson (27 January 2017). "Crew Cuts: Mohammed Abu adapts to new team". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 11 January 2018.

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