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Kevin McKenna

Kevin McKenna Canadian association football player

Canadian association football player
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Canadian association football player
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Canada
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 21 January 1980, Calgary, Canada
Age: 40 years
Star sign AquariusAquarius
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Sports Teams
FC Energie Cottbus
Heart of Midlothian F.C.
1. FC Köln
Heart of Midlothian F.C.
FC Energie Cottbus
Canada men's national soccer team
The details

Kevin James McKenna (born 21 January 1980) is a Canadian former professional soccer who played as a centre back. Occasionally, he also played as a central midfielder or striker.

Club career

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

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 Canadian to play in the German Bundesliga in a match between McKenna's newly promoted Cottbus and Stalteri's Werder Bremen.


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

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.

International career

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. He has represented Canada in four FIFA World Cup qualification matches. 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. McKenna was named the captain for Canada during the Gold Cup with Paul Stalteri not in the tournament roster.

International goals

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 May 2000 Winnipeg Soccer Complex, Winnipeg, Canada 2  Honduras 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 18 January 2002 Orange Bowl, Miami, United States 8  Haiti 1–0 2–0 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3. 2–0 2–0
4. 26 January 2002 Orange Bowl, Miami, United States 10  Martinique 1–1 1–1 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
5. 12 February 2003 11 June Stadium, Tripoli, Libya 14  Libya 1–0 4–2 Friendly
6. 1 June 2003 Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany 16  Germany 1–0 1–4 Friendly
7. 13 June 2004 Richardson Stadium, Kingston, Canada 23  Belize 3–0 4–0 2006 World Cup qualification
8. 26 March 2005 Estádio Cidade de Barcelos, Barcelos, Portugal 27  Portugal 1–3 1–4 Friendly
9. 25 July 2005 Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, Canada 28  Honduras 1–2 1–2 Friendly
10. 7 September 2010 Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Canada 48  Honduras 2–1 2–1 Friendly
11. 29 February 2012 Tsirio Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus 56  Armenia 1–0 1–3 Friendly



  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI: 2002

Canada Under 15 Cup Winners 1995


  • CONCACAF Gold Cup:
    • Third place: 2002
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