|Full name||Chad McCarty|
|Date of birth||October 5, 1977|
|Place of birth||Fresno, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Midfielder (Retired)|
|1998–2001||Tampa Bay Mutiny||62||(2)|
|1998||→ MLS Pro-40 (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2006.
† Appearances (Goals).
Youth and college
McCarty grew up in Clovis, California and attended Clovis High School. After graduating from high school, McCarty attended the University of Washington where he spent three seasons (1995–1997) on the Huskies soccer team. In 1998, he elected to not return for a fourth season and went professional with the Major League Soccer (MLS) Project-40 team.
After McCarty signed with Project-40, the league allocated him to the Tampa Bay Mutiny. In 1998, he spent most of his time with the Project-40 team which competed in the A-League. However, he did have six games with the Mutiny that year. In 1999 and 2000, he became a regular with the Mutiny, starting 30 games and 22 games respectively.
McCarty broke his left ankle on April 7, 2001 in a game against the Dallas Burn. His rehabilitation took four months. On January 17, 2002 the Columbus Crew used the fifth pick in that season’s waiver draft to select McCarty.
Columbus waived McCarty on March 2, 2004. When no club picked him up, McCarty retired from playing professionally.
National and Olympic teams
He was a member of the U.S. U-20 national team at the 1997 U-20 World Cup. The U.S. made the second round only to fall to eventual tournament runner-up Uruguay. By the end of 1997, he had earned 13 caps with the U-20 team. The following year, he moved up to the U-23 national team. He became a regular on the team before breaking his right ankle on March 25, 1998.
In 2000, McCarty was selected for the U.S. Olympic Team which competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. That team, coached by Clive Charles, went to the Bronze Medal match where it fell 2-0 to Chile. McCarty was the team captain for the Olympics.
After retiring from playing, McCarty joined the youth coaching ranks with the California Odyssey of the Super Y-League. Since leaving the Odyssey he is now coaching at the Clovis North Educational Center.