LA Galaxy trade for goalkeeper Dan Kennedy

December 16, 2015

After parting ways with veteran Donovan Ricketts earlier this offseason, the Los Angeles Galaxy announced that they have found his replacement, acquiring goalkeeper Dan Kennedy from FC Dallas in exchange for the team’s natural second and third round selections in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

The 6-1, 200-pound Kennedy, a local California product out of Placentia, has amassed 481 career saves and 33 shutouts during his nine-year MLS career.  In 2015 with FC Dallas, Kennedy made 16 appearances with a 1.19 GAA and 30 saves.

“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.”

In his MLS career, Kennedy has made 160 appearances while recording 481 saves – the sixth-highest by any active player in MLS – and 33 shutouts.

Southern California MLS fans will remember Kennedy from his playing days with 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). In 2012, Kennedy was named to the MLS All-Star team for his standout performance in net with Chivas USA.

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.

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.

By Staff of and news services

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