Khiry Shelton

Khiry Lamar Shelton (/ˈkri ˈʃɛltən/; born June 26, 1993) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays as a winger for Sporting Kansas City. He has also played for the United States under-18 and under-23 national teams.

Khiry Shelton
Shelton playing for New York City FC in 2015
Personal information
Full name Khiry Lamar Shelton
Date of birth (1993-06-26) June 26, 1993
Place of birth Fort Carson, Colorado, United States
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward, winger
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 14
Youth career
2009–2011 Lonestar SC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Oregon State Beavers 52 (19)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Austin Aztex 7 (4)
2014 Lane United 5 (3)
2015–2017 New York City 56 (6)
2018 Sporting Kansas City 20 (2)
2018Swope Park Rangers (loan) 2 (0)
2019 SC Paderborn 4 (0)
2020– Sporting Kansas City 0 (0)
National team
2010–2011 United States U18 3 (0)
2015–2016 United States U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 9, 2019

Club career

College and amateur

Shelton was born in Fort Carson, Colorado. He attended high school at Vista Ridge in Cedar Park, Texas, becoming a four-year letterman for their soccer team, while in 2010 he was selected as Offensive MVP and was a first-team member of the All District select.[1] Joining Lonestar SC, he was a member of the academy and played for them at under-17/18 level, winning the Disney Showcase Championship with them in 2010.[1]

Joining Oregon State University, he worked his way immediately into their soccer program, starting the first six games of the season before an injury took him off the active roster for the rest of the season.[1] In his second year, he received a Pac-12 Honorable Mention for his fifteen appearances, scoring in his first three appearances and finishing the season as the joint second highest scorer for the team.[1] His third year saw him make ten appearances and equal his four goals from the season before.[1]

New York City

On January 15, 2015, Shelton was selected 2nd overall by New York City in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft,[2][3] with the expansion club turning down an offer of a considerable amount of allocation money in exchange for their pick to instead draft the player who Head Coach Jason Kreis described as "our top guy".[4]

He made his debut for the club coming in their first Major League Soccer match, away to fellow expansion team Orlando City SC at the Citrus Bowl; he came on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Mehdi Ballouchy in an eventual 1–1 draw.[5] Shelton totalled 17 games in his first season as his team missed out on the MLS Cup Playoffs, and scored one goal: on May 15 at Yankee Stadium against the Chicago Fire, he replaced Patrick Mullins after 60 minutes, and in added time he equalized for a 2–2 draw from David Villa's pass.[6]

Sporting Kansas City

On December 14, 2017, Shelton was traded to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for Saad Abdul-Salaam.[7]

SC Paderborn

On 5 January 2019, Shelton signed a contract through 30 June 2021 with 2. Bundesliga side SC Paderborn 07.[8]

Return to Sporting Kansas City

On December 9, 2019, it was announced that Shelton would return to Sporting Kansas City on a contract through to 2022 with an option for 2023.[9]

International career

Shelton was called up to the United States under-18 team in 2010, attending a training camp with them in California before flying out to Israel in December 2010 to compete in an international tournament against the hosts plus France and Germany.[1] He played in all three games, but failed to score in any.[10][11][12]

Some five years later, his drafting by New York City FC led to Shelton receiving a call-up to the United States under-23 in their games against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Denmark in March 2015.[13] Shelton was brought on from the substitutes bench after 61 minutes against Bosnia[14] and played the full match against Denmark,[15] though again he failed to score on either occasion.

In January 2016, Shelton received his first call up to the senior United States squad for friendlies against Iceland and Canada.[16]

Career statistics


As of match played September 29, 2019[17]
Club League Season League Cup League Cup Continent Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
New York City MLS 2015 17100171
2016 2241020254
2017 1510000151
Sporting Kansas City 2018 2021030242
Swope Park Rangers (loan) USL 2018 2020
SC Paderborn 07 2. Bundesliga 2018–19 2020
Bundesliga 2019–20 101020
Career Total 798305000878


  1. "Khiry Shelton Biography". July 1, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  2. "MLS SuperDraft: New York City FC take Oregon State forward Khiry Shelton with No. 2 pick". January 15, 2015. Archived from the original on January 18, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  3. "Khiry Shelton, Oregon State Beavers soccer star, selected No. 2 overall in MLS SuperDraft". January 15, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  4. "MLS SuperDraft: NYCFC entertained offers for No. 2 pick, but opted to select "our top guy" Khiry Shelton". January 15, 2015. Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  5. "Orlando City 1-1 New York City: Last-gasp Kaka earns 10-man hosts point on MLS debut". March 8, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  6. Butler, Dylan (May 15, 2015). "New York City FC 2, Chicago Fire 2". Major League Soccer. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  10. "U.S. U-18 MNT Opens Four Team Tournament with Loss to France in Tel Aviv". December 14, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  11. "U.S. Plays to a Scoreless Draw Against Hosts in Israel". December 17, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  12. "US U-18s lose to Germany in tourney closer". December 17, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  13. "Khiry Shelton Named to United States Under-23 National Team". March 22, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  14. "U.S. U-23 MNT Opens Up 2015 with 5-2 Win Over Bosnia U-21s". March 27, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  15. "U.S. U-23 MNT Falls to Denmark 1-0 to Wrap Up European Camp". April 1, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  16. "Evans, Orozco Released to Club Teams as MNT's January Camp Winds Down".
  17. "Khiry Shelton profile". Retrieved July 23, 2016.
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