Sporting Kansas City selected Red Bulls goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh in Stage 1 of the MLS re-entry process Thursday.
McIntosh, 26, has five years of professional experience across Major League Soccer and the second-division USL Championship. He spent the 2020 MLS campaign with the Red Bulls following a four-year stint in the Portland Timbers organization from 2016-2019.
“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to join Sporting Kansas City,” McIntosh said in a statement. “It’s a club with a great history and I will get to work with one of the league’s best goalkeepers in Tim Melia. I can’t wait to get started with the team.”
As a rookie in 2016, the 6-foot, 175-lb. McIntosh competed for Timbers 2 of the USL Championship prior to signing an MLS contract with Portland in January 2017. He played most of the next three years on loan with Timbers 2 and logged 10 shutouts in 60 total USL Championship appearances for the club across four seasons. In his lone appearance for Portland’s first team, McIntosh secured a 2-0 shutout victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 32 on June 7, 2018.
On the international stage, McIntosh notably featured for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s national team at the 2012 Northern Ireland Milk Cup. Earlier, he was part of the U.S. U-14 national development program and the U-15 Boys’ national team prior to his residency with the U-17s in Bradenton, Fla. At the 2011 Concacaf U-17 Championship, McIntosh recorded two shutouts in three winning appearances — including a 3-0 defeat of Canada in the final.
Born in Oakland and raised in Santa Rosa, Calif., McIntosh was a member of the San Jose Earthquakes Academy as a youth before embarking on a four-year collegiate career at Santa Clara University. He made 53 appearances for the Broncos from 2012-2015 and was named the 2015 West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year as a senior, leading Santa Clara to the WCC Championship. During his time in college, he also competed in the Premier Development League – now known as USL League Two — for FC Tucson and the Burlingame Dragons.