Dax McCarty was arguably the Red Bull’s most valuable player last season. His contributions earned him a fixed spot on the team’s starting eleven while earning him the love and praise of the fans.
Now, he has been rewarded for his efforts.
The New York Red Bulls have extended McCarty’s contract.
“We are delighted to sign Dax to an extended contract, as he is a very important player for this club,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. “As a talented, American player, Dax is part of the heart and soul of this team and we are looking forward to once again having him contribute to the Red Bulls and our campaign.”
Details of the deal were not disclosed.
McCarty, 25, played a crucial role in the initial stabilization and eventual playoff run of the 2012 team. He appeared in 33 of the Red Bulls’ 34 games last season, putting in three goals while assisting on three others. His contributions, however, go well beyond the stat sheet. The young American midfielder played a steady role on the offensive and defensive end this season. When the backline suffered a plague of injuries, it was McCarty who led the charge, filling in as a virtual third centerback. When possession in the midfield broke down, it was McCarty who played the stabilizing holding role, becoming one of the most reliable distributors in the league.
His play put him back in the conversation with the Men’s National Team, though he fell short of a call-up this January.
McCarty’s extension comes on the heels of the unpopular transfer of last year’s leading scorer, Kenny Cooper to FC Dallas.