Sporting Kansas City signed Jaylin Lindsey as a 17-year-old Homegrown Player in September 2017. A product of the Sporting KC Academy, Lindsey is the third-youngest signing in club history. The defender has competed for the Sporting KC U-16s and U-18s and featured regularly for the U-17 and U-20 United States Men’s National Teams.
2020: MLS regular season: Started 11 of 12 appearances, recorded two assists and contributed to four shutouts (1,059 minutes played). Assisted Gadi Kinda's early goal in his season debut to pace a 2-1 road win over Minnesota United FC on Aug. 21. Assisted Erik Hurtado's goal in a 2-0 win at Real Salt Lake on Nov. 8 at Sporting finished in first place in the Western Conference. MLS is Back Tournament: Did not feature. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started two matches (210 minutes played). Played 120 minutes in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Nov. 22, a 3-3 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes in which Sporting prevailed 3-0 on penalty kicks. Played 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Minnesota United in the Western Conference Semifinals on Dec. 3.
2019: MLS regular season: Started one match (90 minutes played). Earned his first MLS appearance of the season on Oct. 6 at FC Dallas after overcoming a long-term knee injury. Concacaf Champions League: Started one match (90 minutes played). Made his Champions League debut in a 2-1 quarterfinal first-leg defeat at Independiente on March 6, winning a penalty kick that Ilie Sanchez converted in the second half. Open Cup: Did not feature.
2018: MLS regular season: Started six of seven appearances and contributed to one shutout (555 minutes played). Earned his Sporting KC and MLS debut as a second-half substitute in a 4-1 win over Minnesota United FC on June 3. Assisted Johnny Russell's early equalizer in a 3-2 loss to the New York Red Bulls on July 14, becoming the youngest player in Sporting KC history to record an assist at 18 years and 109 days. Open Cup: Started and played 90 minutes in a 2-0 fourth-round win over Real Salt Lake on June 6, earning his first career start for the club. Started and played 90 minutes in a 3-2 victory over FC Dallas in the Round of 16 on June 16. Played 25 minutes as a second-half substitute in a 4-2 quarterfinal loss to the Houston Dynamo on July 18. MLS Homegrown Game: Started and played 45 minutes as the MLS Homegrown Team tied the Tigres UANL U-20s 1-1 on July 31. MLS Cup Playoffs: Did not feature.
Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lindsey joined the Sporting KC Academy in January 2015. He has made more than 30 combined appearances for the U-16s and U-18s.
After impressing throughout his first full Academy season with Sporting KC, Lindsey signed an Academy contract with Sporting KC’s USL affiliate Swope Park Rangers on May 6, 2016. A day later, he became the first American player born in 2000 or later to appear in a professional match. Lindsey would feature once more for the Rangers before joining the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in August 2016.
Lindsey has featured regularly for the U.S. U-17s. He was named to the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Best XI in May after helping the U.S. to a second-place finish, starting five matches along the backline and tallying one assist. By finishing as runners-up to Mexico, Lindsey and the U.S. U-17s secured their spot in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which runs from Oct. 6-28 in India.
Lindsey has been a youth international since 2013, when he joined the U.S. U-14s for the first of five training camps with the team. He was selected to the U.S. U-15s for the first time in December 2014 and solidified his presence on the squad with three additional inclusions the following year, helping the team win the Tournament delle Nazioni in Italy. In late 2015, Lindsey competed in his first U.S. U-17 camp as a 15-year-old, making three appearances at the Nike International Friendlies in Florida.