Report: Red Bulls Sign Captain Dax McCarty to New Contract

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by RUSS McKENZIE

The Red Bulls haven’t wasted much time making news in 2016. According to Goal.com, Sporting Director Ali Curtis has signed Dax McCarty to a new four year contract to keep him with the New York Red Bulls.

The 28-year-old midfielder has become a cornerstone for head coach Jesse March’s high press system that relied so heavily on the midfield trio of McCarty, Sacha Kljestan, and Felipe Martins. Ahead of the 2015 season, McCarty was named captain of the Red Bulls, succeeding footballing legend Thierry Henry.

McCarty, who is in the final year of his current contract after the club and exercised their option, had become the subject of trade rumors, with Orlando City a continuous destination for the Florida native. However, the captain who led New York to their second Supporters Shield in three years will have a chance to help Marsch and the Red Bulls continue the winning trend they’ve had over the last three seasons.

Ahead of the 2015 season, McCarty was named captain of the Red Bulls, succeeding footballing legend Thierry Henry. Marsch spoke about McCarty being an important part of the leadership group, and the midfielder assisting in the development of youngsters like Sean Davis and Matt Miazga. His leadership spilled onto the field where he was consistently one of the best defensive midfielders in the league, and was unafraid to challenge his teammates. His play in 2015 earned him a spot on the MLS All Star team, and named to the 2015 MLS best XI.  In between cushioning the Red Bulls’ backline, he found time to contribute offensively, scoring a goal, and a career-high eight assists in 32 appearances this season.

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  • yaki

    Good for him. Solid performer and seems loyal to the cause. He deserves more

  • Andrew Bissonette

    Well that pretty much assures that when Dax leaves or retires, he’ll be the club’s all-time leader in games, minutes, etc.

  • Jd

    Dax has been the face of this team for years and gave fans a personalty to associate with rb. Henry was the star but dax was always the man!!! Happy I’ll be able to see this shinning red beacon, almost like a red dot on a GPS map, running around and representing rb.

  • Anonymous

    This is red bulls dp lol
    Who cares if he’s that good or their face.
    If he’s that good then go to Europe or go down to ligamx where all Americans go.
    This is what happens when you have a mediocre league and TEAM.
    Look at Omar Gonzalez leaving galaxy for pachuca, pachuca is a mid table team in a small city.
    If Omar really love Galaxy, he would have taken a pay cut for one year or gone to Europe.
    Why Mexico? Why not holland or Spain or even Brazil.

    • Anonymous

      Its not a dp contract dip ****. Congrats to dax. Hes earned it.

    • Anonymous

      Some people dont want to live in shitty Europe. Why play in a country like Brazil where the water is contaminated with feces? DAX is 28, to relocate like that at his age is not worth it.

      • EPL fan

        Brazil is not in Europe.

        • Anonymous

          No ****. It was two separate sentences. Sentence #1, one thought. Sentence #2, second thought.

    • Anonymous

      You’re 12 years old and fat, aren’t you? Yeah, you are.

      • slowleftarm

        he is a chubby bastard !!!!

  • bleeckerst

    Let’s just hope the Red Bulls sign Falcao when he leaves Chelsea, that would be a signing for us, we need the fire power and another striker!

  • Can’t believe all we got to talk about are the likes of Dax and one legged falcao

    • slowleftarm

      this is the budgeted scale down of this organization before they move in 2017.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t think so. You ever been to Harrison? Every season more and red bull memorabilia is seen on the streets. They are just doing it right. Build a core of young players and hope you find some talented lads. Then sell them for tons of money because MLS doesn’t need them yet. When MLS grows and you do need them, you have $ and an academy of endless talent.

        • Anonymous

          EDIT* Every season more and more red bull memorabilia is seen in the streets.*

          • slowleftarm

            you are talking about trivial things I am talking business.

        • slowleftarm

          um yea. Ok whatever you say but the deal is done. Harrison will a distant memory after the rebranding.

          • Anonymous

            Just curious where you get your info from? All signs point to opposite of what you say. To move you need a stadium, not easy to find. RB has everything they need at their location. Parking, public transit hub right across street, local support. New York is a huge market where else would you move?

            • slowleftarm

              They need to move because of the impending rebranding. Besides I think moving the team would somewhat whitewash some of this clubs horrible history of losing.

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  • Anon

    Did the contract make him taller, faster, or more athletic? No? Then he still sucks.