Dax McCarty

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Dax McCarty
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Personal information
Full name Michael Dax McCarty[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-30) April 30, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Winter Park, Florida, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New York Red Bulls
Number 11
Youth career
2004–2005 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Ajax Orlando Prospects 21 (3)
2006–2010 FC Dallas 93 (5)
2011 D.C. United 13 (0)
2011– New York Red Bulls 93 (8)
National team
2007 United States U20 5 (0)
2008 United States U23 6 (0)
2009– United States 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:13, 30 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 22, 2011

Michael Dax McCarty (born April 30, 1987 in Winter Park, Florida) is an American footballer who currently plays for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

McCarty played college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2004-05. He appeared in 45 games in two years, scoring 4 goals and assisting on 11. In 2005 he was named the All-ACC first team. He also played in the USL Premier Development League for his hometown club, Ajax Orlando Prospects.

Professional[edit]

McCarty playing for FC Dallas

Opting to forego his last two years at North Carolina, he was drafted in the first round, 6th overall, of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas. McCarty made his MLS debut in the 85th minute in a 3-0 loss against Chivas USA on July 1, 2006. Dax had his best season as a professional in 2007 making his first start against the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 2-1 victory on April 12, 2007. He also scored his first career MLS goal against the Galaxy on September 23, 2007. He finished the 2007 regular season leading the team with seven assists. In 2008, McCarty appeared in 17 games making eight starts for FC Dallas while recording two assists. He underwent sports hernia surgery in Germany on May 15, 2008 which limited his play during the season. McCarty played an important role in the FC Dallas 2009 season, sitting in central midfield as a deep playmaker. During the 2010 season McCarty was once again a key player for FC Dallas helping the club reach MLS Cup 2010.

McCarty dribbles the ball during a match against the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium

On November 24, 2010, McCarty was selected by the Portland Timbers as their first pick in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft,[2] and then immediately traded with allocation money to D.C. United for Rodney Wallace and a fourth-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.[3] McCarty was quickly selected as captain of United and appeared in 13 league matches. However, on June 27, 2011, McCarty was traded to the New York Red Bulls in return for Dwayne De Rosario.[4]

McCarty became an instant starter for New York in central midfield upon his arrival at the club. During the 2012 season McCarty had a breakout season for New York playing as a holding midfielder. He made 33 league appearances for the club and scored three goals and set up three others. In 2013 McCarty continued his fine play for New York as he made 30 league appearances and scored four goals in helping the club to its first major title the 2013 MLS Supporters' Shield.

International[edit]

McCarty was named to the United States U-20 men's national soccer team for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[5]

He was named to the roster of the United States U-23 men's national soccer team for the 2008 CONCACAF Men Pre-Olympic Tournament in March 2008. He played in every match for the U-23 squad and was named to the All Tournament Team with teammates Maurice Edu and Freddy Adu. He was also voted to the "2008 Best XI" as a midfielder by the CONCACAF Technical Study Group.[6]

McCarty received his first international cap with the United States men's national team as a late substitute for Michael Bradley during the international friendly between Slovakia and the United States on November 14, 2009. He earned his second cap four days later in a match against Denmark. In 2010 McCarty played the last thirteen minutes in a friendly against Honduras.

2011 looked to be the beginning of a more consistent McCarty role with the national team as he was called up by Coach Bob Bradley to participate in the January Camp[7] and then led the team as captain in their match against Chile, which resulted in a draw.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Updated April 21, 2013

All-time MLS club performance
Club Season United States Major League Soccer US Open Cup MLS Cup CONCACAF Total
App Goals Assists App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals Assists
FC Dallas
2006 2 0 0 1 0 - - 3 0 0
2007 25 1 7 1 0 4 0 30 1 7
2008 17 0 2 - - - - 17 0 2
2009 28 3 6 - - - - 28 3 6
2010 21 1 2 1 1 4 1 - - 26 3 2
Club Total 93 5 17 1 1 6 1 4 0 104 7 17
D.C. United
2011 13 0 2 - - - - 13 0 2
Club Total 13 0 2 - - - - 13 0 2
New York Red Bulls
2011 16 0 4 2 0 - - 18 0 4
2012 33 3 3 2 0 2 0 - - 37 3 3
2013 30 4 4 2 0 2 0 - - 34 4 4
Club Total 79 7 11 4 0 6 0 - - 89 7 11
Career Total 185 12 30 5 1 12 1 4 0 206 14 30

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Dallas
New York Red Bulls

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Dax McCarty at Wikimedia Commons