John McCarthy (soccer)

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John McCarthy
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Personal information
Date of birth (1992-07-04) July 4, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 1
Youth career
2010–2013 La Salle Explorers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Ocean City Nor'easters 22 (0)
2013 Reading United 7 (0)
2014 Rochester Rhinos 18 (0)
2015– Philadelphia Union 20 (0)
2016–Bethlehem Steel (loan) 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 16, 2017

John McCarthy (born July 4, 1992) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.


College and amateur[edit]

McCarthy played four years of college soccer at La Salle University between 2010 and 2013.[1]

While at college, McCarthy also appeared for USL PDL clubs Ocean City Nor'easters in 2011 and 2012, and Reading United AC in 2013.[2] He is La Salle's all-time leader among goalkeepers in saves (468), shutouts (28), and games played (75).


Rochester Rhinos[edit]

McCarthy signed his first professional deal with USL Pro club Rochester Rhinos on February 27, 2014.[3] After the 2014 season, McCarthy was named the Rhinos' Rookie of the Year as he led the league with a 0.72 goals against average.

McCarthy was named USL PRO Goalkeeper of the Year and USL PRO Rookie of the Year for his notable 2014 season performances.[4]

Philadelphia Union[edit]

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In 2015, McCarthy signed to his hometown club, Philadelphia Union.[5] Originally signed as a third goalkeeper behind first round draft pick, Andre Blake, and designated player, Rais M'Bohli, McCarthy was given a starting role as a result of injury and poor form, respectively. He made his MLS debut as the starter for the Union on April 11, 2015 versus New York City FC. McCarthy was heralded for his performance which resulted in his first win in the top flight as well as the Union's first win of 2015 season.[6] McCarthy started 8 league matches during the 2015 season, posting one shutout. He was played mostly during the Union's 2015 U.S. Open Cup run, earning wins in the first four rounds of competition (including two penalty shootouts) ultimately losing in the final. On July 6, 2017, McCarthy started in an away game against Sporting Kansas City which resulted in a 1-1 draw. McCarthy made five noteworthy saves in the game, including an excellent foot save on Latif Blessing in the 70th minute.

Bethlehem Steel FC[edit]

For the 2016 season, McCarthy played on loan to the Union's USL club, Bethlehem Steel FC. He made 11 starts for the club and posted 5 shutouts for Steel FC's inaugural season.




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