Kevin James McKenna
Kevin James McKenna is a professional football player playing for 1. FC Köln in the German Bundesliga. He is a Canadian soccer player, whose main position is that of a center back and a central midfielder or a striker. He began to play soccer in 1990 in the Calgary Foothills academy team and eventually got promoted to the senior team by 1991.
As an amateur, Kevin was a part of Calgary Foothills, playing three seasons later on with German Bundesliga side, Energie Cottbus. On the first game of the season of 2000-01, Kevin along with Paul Stalteri were the first Canadians to have played in the German Bundesliga in a game held between Cottbus and Werder Bremen.
In 2001, Kevin moved to Hearts team on loan, making 8 appearances for the Edinburgh club. He got transferred that summer for 300,000 pounds and was known as the second scorer of the club in 2001-02 season, scoring 9 goals in 35 games. As a reserve striker in 2002-03, he scored 6 in 41 and scored 5 goals in 38 games in 2003-04. In 2005, he fell out of favor at Hearts, returning to Energie Cottbus. After the departure of Gregg Berhalter, the former skipper, Kevin was elected as the new captain of the club.
It was the summer of 2007 when Kevin signed a four year contract with the team of 1. FC Koln, thus dropping down to a division to the German Second Division. On 10th August 2007, he made his debut for his new team in 2-0 away victory played against FC St. Pauli team. After many weeks, McKenna scored his first goal for the club on 5th October in 4-1 victory over Kickers Offenbach team. He even helped the team of Koln for promotion to the top flight in his first season with the club.
In 2010-11, he scored his first goal in 4-2 away loss match to Werder Bremen on 28th August, with the goal scored by teammate, Lukas Podolski. Post a surgery on his knee in September, he made a fast recovery, thus returning to the first team in early December. Kevin made his 2011-12 debut as a starter against Schalke during the second game of the season of the team, which unfortunately ended as 5-1 away loss match. But, after two weeks, he scored his first goal of the season, with the winning goal beating Hamburger SV in a thrilling match of 4-3 away victory.
With right to his international career, Kevin made his debut for the Canada National Football team in May 2000 friendly match held against the team of Trinidad and Tobago. By November 2009, he earned total of 46 caps and 9 goals. Moreover, he represented Canada team in four FIFA World cup qualification matches. Since 2002, he has been a regular player for the Canadian national football team, featuring in the CONCACAF Gold Cup as a target person for Holger Osieck’s side.
Kevin scored 3 goals, which included a brace over Haiti in the first round itself.He eventually earned his 50th cap for Canada in a friendly match held against Ecuador before the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the game ending in 2-2 home draw at BMO Field. Kevin was named the captain of the Canada team during the Gold Cup with Paul Stalteri.