Khiry Shelton

Khiry Shelton
Khiry Shelton
Khiry Shelton
Forward
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Real Name: Khiry Shelton
HT: 6' 3" WT: 185
Pronunciation: KY-ree
Age: 27 (06/26/1993)
Birthplace: Fort Carson, Colorado
Hometown: Leander, Texas

Shelton, who spent 2019 with German club SC Paderborn 07, returned to Kansas City in 2020 for his second stint at Sporting after helping the club to first place in the Western Conference and a record-breaking scoring season in 2018. Capable of playing multiple positions in attack, Shelton started 17 of 24 appearances for Sporting in all competitions during a 2018 campaign that saw the club set regular season club records in goals, assists and goal differential. He tallied two goals and five assists in MLS play as Sporting finished atop the West with 62 points and an 18-8-8 record. Sporting was 12-3-5 in regular season matches that Shelton played and advanced to the Western Conference Championship, falling one game short of an MLS Cup appearance. Upon returning to Sporting in 2020, he bagged a career-high five goals in 20 regular season appearances while helping finish atop the Western Conference standings for the second time in three years.

2021: MLS Regular Season: Has started eight of nine appearances and recorded three assists (709 minutes played). Assisted Alan Pulido's goal in a 3-1 loss at Real Salt Lake on May 1. Came off the bench to assist Gadi Kinda's game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Austin FC on May 9. Assisted Gadi Kinda's game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Houston Dynamo FC on May 29.

2020: Earned Neal and Jeanne Patterson Humanitarian of the Year honors. ​MLS regular season: Started 17 of 20 appearances, scored five goals and recorded one assist (1,447 minutes played). Assisted Alan Pulido's opener and scored the late fourth goal in a 4-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on March 7. Scored a goal in a 2-1 loss to Minnesota United FC on July 12. Scored a goal in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids on July 17, marking his third straight game with a goal. Scored a first-half equalizer in a 1-1 draw against FC Dallas on Sept. 2. Scored a 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: Started four matches and scored two goals (343 minutes played). Scored a goal in a 2-1 group stage loss to Minnesota United FC on July 12. Scored a goal in a 3-2 group stage win over the Colorado Rapids on July 17, marking his third straight game with a goal. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started two matches and recorded one assist (210 minutes played). Played 120 minutes in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Nov. 22, assisting Gianluca Busio's late goal and converting his penalty kick in the shootout as Sporting defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 in a penalty shootout following a 3-3 draw. Played 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Minnesota United in the Western Conference Semifinals on Dec. 3.

2019: SC Paderborn 07: Shelton moved from Sporting to Paderborn in January 2019, joining midway through the 2018-19 German 2. Bundesliga season. He debuted the following month and helped the team finish as second-division runners-up, clinching promotion to the top-flight Bundesliga for the 2019-20 campaign. Shelton logged four appearances for Paderborn in the 2019-20 season, notably making his Bundesliga debut in a 3-2 loss to European powerhouse FC Bayern Munich on Sept. 28.

2018: MLS regular season: Started 15 of 20 appearances, scored two goals and recorded five assists (1,370 minutes played). Made his Sporting KC debut with a start in a thrilling 4-3 victory at the Chicago Fire on March 10. Assisted Diego Rubio's dramatic 91st-minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw at the Colorado Rapids on March 24. Assisted Felipe Gutierrez's decisive goal in a 1-0 win over D.C. United on March 31. Headed home his first goal in a Sporting KC uniform in a 1-1 draw at Minnesota United FC on May 20. Came off the bench to score the game-winner in the 88th minute of a remarkable 3-2 comeback victory over the Houston Dynamo on June 23. Came off the bench in the second half to assist both of Daniel Salloi's goals in a 4-1 victory at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Oct. 17. Assisted Daniel Salloi's late goal in a 2-1 win over LAFC on Oct. 28 as Sporting KC clinched first place in the Western Conference. Open Cup: Played 15 minutes as a second-half substitute in a 3-2 victory over FC Dallas in the Round of 16 on June 16. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started two of three appearances (172 minutes played). Started and played 60 minutes in a 1-1 conference semifinal first leg draw at Real Salt Lake on Nov. 4. Played 22 minutes as a second-half substitute in a 4-2 conference semifinal second-leg win over Real Salt Lake on Nov. 11. Started and played 90 minutes in a 0-0 conference championship first-leg draw at Portland on Nov. 25.

EARLIER CAREER

2017: NYCFC’s first-ever SuperDraft pick played a valuable super-sub role in 2017, appearing in 15 matches and notching a goal. 

2016: Khiry played 22 games for NYCFC in 2016, starting 13. In all, he scored four goals and completed nine assists is an excellent campaign.​

2015: Made his New York City FC debut on March 8 against Orlando City SC. Scored one goal and tallied one assist for the season. Played 17 games, starting in seven of them. 

COLLEGE

Tallied 10 goals and 12 assists at Oregon State University his senior season. NSCAA All-America Second Team; Pac-12 Player of the Year; All-Far West Region First Team. Helped lead the Beavers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003. Was named an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2012. Started the first six games of his sophomore season before a foot injury sidelined him for the rest of the year.

INTERNATIONAL

Member of the United States U18 men’s national team for the Lisbon International Tournament in 2011. Selected to the U18 squad for its trip to Israel in 2010.

YOUTH & CLUB

Four-year letterman at Vista Ridge H.S. in Cedar Park, Texas. Selected Offensive Most Valuable Player and first team all-district in 2010. Played for the Lonestar Academy and the Lonestar U17/U18 team that won the 2010 Disney Showcase. Selected to Colorado Olympic Development Program in 2006.


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Stats

MLS
Career Statistics (Regular Season)
YearClubGPGSGMINSASHTSSOGFCOFFYR
2021Sporting Kansas City108071931459100
2020Sporting Kansas City2017514471291417940
2018Sporting Kansas City2015213705361020120
2017New York City FC15315020729000
2016New York City FC221341159917610100
2015New York City FC177182411345200
Career Totals-104631360211911641701460
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