Kendall Waston didn’t have to score a goal at the FIFA World Cup to make Vancouver Whitecaps fans proud of him.
The 6′ 5″ Costa Rican was already a hero back home, for sending his country to the World Cup with a goal in stoppage time against Honduras back in October. And he was already a hero in Vancouver, as the only Whitecaps player to make a World Cup squad this year.
— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) May 15, 2018
On Wednesday, he earned the start for his country, becoming the first-ever active Whitecaps FC player to appear in a World Cup match.
As if that wasn’t enough, the fifth-year Whitecaps centre back capped off his World Cup experience with a goal – a pivotal one that tied Costa Rica’s final match against Switzerland.
Our captain just scored at the #WorldCup.
— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) June 27, 2018
“Everything comes to the one who knows how to wait,” Waston tweeted in Spanish following the match, giving us an idea of what the goal meant to him. “Infinite thanks to God for the opportunity to play in a World Cup and debut with goal, a goal that I shouted with soul, life and heart, thanks to my family who has always been with me; my wife, my son and all those who never doubted.”
If you’d like to know more about the pride of Limón, Costa Rica, I suggest you check out the three-part series the Whitecaps did on Waston, chronicling his journey to the World Cup.
The Whitecaps sent a camera crew down to Costa Rica, talking to his family and the people that know him best.