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A Giant On and Off the Pitch - The Footballing Life of Kendall Waston

Footy Talks with Steven Caldwell

18-05-2020 • 56 mins

At six foot four, he’s a huge presence on the pitch; and as a powerful on field leader he’s not only dragged his nation into the World Cup Finals, but also been named on both the MLS and CONCACAF’s Best XI. In this episode of Player to Player, Stevies sits down with FC Cincinnati's Kendall Waston to find out how he became the man and the player he is.


Episode Notes: Kendall opens up about his route into the professional game, and how accompanying a friend to a try out unexpectedly led to his first club contract.


Overcoming disappointment and developing the mental toughness to succeed - Kendall tells Stevie about the challenges of being sent out on loan, and how attitude is everything at the highest level.


Getting his move to the Whitecaps under manager Carl Robinson, and how his game had to change with the responsibility and pressure of the captain’s armband.


Highlights and heroics at international level. Kendall talks us through the 95th minute goal that booked Costa Rica a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and what it was like to score in their opening game of the finals.


Stevie gets the scoop on Kendall’s tumultuous exit from Vancouver, and finds out what the future holds in Cincinnati after a difficult start to the season.


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