2012: Made his MLS debut on October 24, 2012 replacing Danny Cruz against Sporting KC logging 17 minutes. He was loaned out to the Harrisburg City Islanders and appeared in 7 games. He spent 10 days with Budesliga club TSG Hoffenheim 1899, where he practiced with their U-19 team and reserve squad.
2011: Signed with Philadelphia Union on December 12 as the Union’s second ever Homegrown Player signing.
College: In his only season with the Colgate Raiders McLaughlin was the only freshman to play and start in all 22 games…Tallied a total of five points off of one goal and three assists… His only goal came in the team’s home opener vs. Syracuse in a 1-0 win… Awarded the BRINE PL Rookie of the Week award twice on October 17 and November 7… Named the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
Youth: Played high school soccer at Great Valley High School… Captained the team his junior and senior year… Set the Great Valley High School single season scoring record in 2012 (29)… Scored 40 goals and started every game during his four year career…Named a 2010 NSCAA Regional All-American and a 2010 Pennsylvanian All-State Selection…Rated 89 in Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 100 players in 2011…Played in the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy and captained the FC Delco squad…
Personal: Played cello for four years in high school… Full name is James Joseph McLaughlin III… Has one sister.