The career of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has finally come full circle. After spending a number of seasons with now-defunct club Chivas USA and last season with FC Dallas, Kennedy now gets to live his dream of playing for his boyhood club, Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy. The hope is that the goalkeeper issue will be resolved, but whether or not he dials in remains to be seen.
“Dan is a very good player and proven goalkeeper in our League,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “He will be a strong addition to our team both on and off the field. We look forward to him joining our roster ahead of the upcoming season.”
Born in Fullerton, California, Kennedy attended El Dorado High School in Placentia before attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he went on to become the school’s most successful goalkeeper in history. He is the Gaucho’s all-time leader in shutouts (34), victories (63), and goals against average (.55) in a season and led the club and led UCSB to the 2004 Division I Men’s College Cup final.
Kennedy made his professional debut with the Puerto Rico Islanders (USL) in 2005, going on to win 2005 USL Rookie of the Year honors. After joining Municipal in Chile, where he led Chile’s first division in goals against average in his one season with the club, the Fullerton product returned to California when he joined Chivas USA via transfer. Kennedy featured for Chivas USA from 2008-2014, where he became the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (144), games started (142), saves (451), shutouts (28), and minutes played (12,764).
The 33-year old goalkeeper was selected first overall by FC Dallas in the Chivas USA Dispersal Draft after the club ceased operations following the 2014 season. He played for FC Dallas in 2015, making 16 appearances with a 1.19 GAA and 30 saves.
“I grew up on the LA Galaxy watching Kevin Hartman make big saves for the club. I watched them win championships as a kid and I watched them win championships playing against them,” Kennedy told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “I’m very excited to come and hopefully add to that trophy cabinet with this club and move the team forward the best way that I can.
“It feels like the right move, and I think I’m at a point in my career where I have a lot left. I’m motivated and excited to make the most of this opportunity. It does feel like a full circle. I was in college before Chivas USA was around yet I was drafted by them.
“It was a club that was extremely loyal to me, but the Galaxy are a club that I grew up watching and thinking and envisioning playing for when I thought about playing professional soccer. This all comes full circle for me, but it’s just the beginning, and there’s a lot of work to be done and there’s a lot for me to prove.”
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