Official: Dax McCarty Traded to Chicago Fire

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

New York Red Bulls have officially announced the trade of captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire. The move will send $400,000 in allocation money to New York, spread over the next two seasons.

“We thank Dax for his service to the club,” said Head Coach Jesse Marsch. “He will go down as one of the best players and captains in franchise history. At this point in time, we felt that this was the right move to put our team in the best position to succeed both now and for years to come.”

McCarty has played 275 MLS games with 163 of them being for the Red Bulls. The team captain was traded to the team in 2011 from DC United and survived the massive turnover that occurred at the end of the 2014 season. McCarty holds the club record for games played and total minutes for the club. He was also a part of the team’s first major trophy victory in 2013 when New York hoisted the Supporters Shield as regular season champions.

The move will give New York flexibility with the roster and could open the door to additional signings in key positions. Currently the Red Bulls are light on the defensive side of the ball and have a massive amount of money sunk into midfield players such as Sacha Kljestan, Gonzalo Veron and Daniel Royer. McCarty will be joining the Chicago Fire midfield alongside former LA Galaxy player Juninho.