Tommy McNamara

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Thomas McNamara
Thomas McNamara 2015.jpg
Thomas McNamara in 2015
Personal information
Full name Thomas Liam McNamara
Date of birth (1991-02-06) February 6, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth West Nyack, New York, United States
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Winger
Club information
Current team
Houston Dynamo
Number 11
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Brown Bears 42 (9)
2013 Clemson Tigers 21 (7)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Western Mass Pioneers 9 (2)
2012 Worcester Hydra 1 (0)
2013 Jersey Express 4 (4)
2014 Chivas USA 6 (1)
2015–2018 New York City FC 86 (13)
2015Wilmington Hammerheads (loan) 3 (0)
2019– Houston Dynamo 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 25, 2019

Thomas Liam McNamara (born February 6, 1991) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays for the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Thomas McNamara was born in West Nyack, NY. McNamara played high school soccer at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ, and played club soccer for FC Westchester. McNamara played college soccer at Brown University for four years before spending a fifth year playing college soccer for Clemson University in 2013. He was a First Team All-Ivy selection as a senior and finished his career at Brown with 12 goals and 10 assists.[1] He scored seven goals while recording eight assists in his final season of college soccer at Clemson.[2] He is only the second Clemson soccer player to be named an All-American both on and off the field in the same season.[3] In 2013, he was named Second Team All-American by the NSCAA and a First Team Academic All-American. McNamara is the first Clemson soccer player selected to the Capital One Academic First Team since 1987 when Jamey Rootes was selected. Rootes is currently the President of the NFL’s Houston Texans.He also played in the USL PDL with the Jersey Express in 2013.[4]

Chivas USA[edit]

McNamara was drafted first in the second round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA,[1] and was officially signed on February 14, 2014.[2] He made his professional debut for the team on March 9, 2014 against the Chicago Fire in which he also scored his first professional goal in the 60th minute on the way to a 3–2 opening day victory.[5] On April 12, McNamara tore the ACL in his right knee, requiring him to undergo surgery to repair his ACL.[6]

New York City FC[edit]

After the contraction of Chivas USA following the 2014 Major League Soccer season, McNamara was selected by D.C. United in the 2014 MLS Dispersal Draft.[7] Leading up to the 2015 Expansion of Major League Soccer Draft, McNamara was left unprotected by D.C. United.[8] New York City FC selected him with their eighth pick in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft.[9]

McNamara scored his first goal for New York City FC on June 6, 2015 against the Philadelphia Union. The goal, scored from about 25 yards out, was awarded MLS goal of the week honors.[10] This right-footed curling shot into the top corner has become a signature of McNamara's, as he has scored near identical goals from similar areas of the pitch against Chicago Fire,[11] Portland Timbers[12] New York Red Bulls,[13] and Colorado Rapids.

Houston Dynamo[edit]

McNamara was selected by Houston Dynamo in the second-round of the 2018 MLS Re-Entry Draft on December 20, 2018.[14] He signed with the Dynamo on January 11, 2019[15]

International career[edit]

McNamara is an American and Irish passport holder, as his paternal grandfather was born in Ireland. He has expressed interest in playing for either national team.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of January 4, 2019[17][18]
Club Season League MLS Cup U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chivas USA 2014 MLS 6 1 0 0 6 1
New York City FC 2015 19 5 0 0 19 5
2016 30 5 1 0 0 0 31 5
2017 27 3 0 0 1 0 28 3
2018 10 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
NYCFC Total 86 13 1 0 2 0 0 0 89 14
Wilmington Hammerheads (loan) 2015 USL 3 0 3 0
Houston Dynamo 2019 MLS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 95 14 1 0 2 0 0 0 98 14

Honors[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ratterree, Alicia. "2014 MLS Draft: Chivas USA select Thomas McNamara from Clemson University". The Goat Parade. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ratterree, Alicia. "Chivas USA sign midfielder Thomas McNamara". The Goat Parade. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "Thomas McNamara Named All-American".
  4. ^ "Caringi Takes National Honor". United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "Chivas USA — Chicago Fire March 9". Major League Soccer. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  6. ^ "Chivas USA confirm torn ACL, surgery for rookie Tommy McNamara". Major League Soccer. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/11/19/expected-goalkeeper-dan-kennedy-goes-first-chivas-usa-dispersal-draft
  8. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/12/08/mls-clubs-release-2014-expansion-draft-protected-lists-heres-whos-available-
  9. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/12/10/two-time-mls-goalkeeper-year-donovan-ricketts-selected-first-overall-mls-exp
  10. ^ "Watch: NYCFC's McNamara wins MLS Goal of the Week". Empire of Soccer. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  11. ^ "GOAL: Tommy McNamara scores the first MLS goal of 2016 in spectacular fashion". mlssoccer.com. MLS. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  12. ^ "GOAL: Tommy McNamara curls a looper past Gleeson". mlssoccer.com. MLS. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  13. ^ Boehm, Charles. "Must-see goal: NYCFC's Tommy McNamara blasts long-range golazo in NY Derby". Mlssoccer. MLS. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  14. ^ https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/12/20/tommy-mcnamara-selected-houston-dynamo-2018-re-entry-draft-stage-2
  15. ^ "Houston Dynamo sign midfielder Tommy McNamara". Houston Dynamo. January 11, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "NYCFC's Tommy McNamara: Irish national team has shown interest in me". MLSsoccer.com. March 31, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  17. ^ Tommy McNamara at Soccerway
  18. ^ "Thomas McNamara". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  19. ^ "Tommy McNamara's Strike Named Major League Soccer Goal of the Week". NYCFC.com. NYCFC.
  20. ^ Murray, Caitlin (1 April 2016). "Tommy McNamara header earns AT&T MLS Goal of the Week". mlssoccer.com. MLS. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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