Goalkeeper coach Darrin MacLeod is in his first season as a member of the Sporting Kansas City II technical staff. MacLeod began his coaching career with the Sporting KC Academy in January 2020 before being promoted to his current role ahead of the 2021 USL Championship campaign.
MacLeod, 26, will complete his C-License through the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education program before the start of the 2021 USL Championship season.
MacLeod, a native of Waterloo, Ontario in Canada, spent two seasons as a player with Sporting II, recording two shutouts across 10 appearances on his way to a 4-3-3 record. Notably, MacLeod saved a penalty in the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs Western Conference Quarterfinal as SKC II defeated Phoenix Rising FC 4-2 on penalty kicks.
After departing Kansas City, MacLeod linked up with North Carolina FC in the USL Championship for the 2019 campaign, playing seven games and recording three shutouts. MacLeod announced his retirement from professional soccer at the end of the 2019 season.
MacLeod played collegiate soccer at Drake University in Iowa. Following a four-year career, MacLeod departed Drake as the all-time leader in saves (308), shutouts (19), wins (33) and games played (76). He was named Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week on four occasions throughout his college career.
MacLeod also represented K-W United FC and the Toronto FC Academy in USL League Two play during his college career.
As a youth player, MacLeod trained with the Academies of English Premier League club Newcastle United and Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.