Acquired: Traded from the New York Red Bulls on January 16, 2017 for $400,000 in General Allocation Money.
Was the emotional and physical leader of the Red Bulls from 2011-16, as they won two Supporters' Shields (2013, 2015). McCarty has a great ability to cover ground and win tackles while protecting his backline. The native Floridian has become one of the most efficient passers in the league, and was rewarded in 2015 as he was named to the MLS Best XI and MLS All-Star Game for the first time in his career. He will look to become a bedrock for the rebuilding Fire in 2017.
PROFESSIONAL: Started his career as a bench player for FC Dallas but over the course of his development became a vital part of the squad including starting their MLS Cup appearance. Spent a half season with DC United before being swapped for Dwayne De Rosario and heading to the New York Red Bulls.
INTERNATIONAL: 5 senior US caps, including captaining the squad in a friendly. Called into 2017 January camp. Had a successful youth career as a member of the 2008 Beijing Olympic team, 2007 FIFA U-20 World team and was a member of the United States U-17 Residency Program.
COLLEGE: Had successful two-year career at the University of North Carolina including a second team All-American award.
NOTES: Was drafted in the first round of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft (No. 6 overall) as a Generation Adidas member. Brother Dustin, played professionally with the LA Galaxy in 2011.