Player Details


Dax McCarty


5' 9"


150 lbs

Date of Birth

4.30.1987 (35)


Winter Park, FL USA



Position Detail

Defensive Midfielder

Preferred Side




Roster Category

Career Summary

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Acquired from the Chicago Fire on November 11, 2019 in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM), $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and the second overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.


  • 2-time MLS All-Star (2015, 2017)
  • Named to MLS Best XI in 2015
  • Reached MLS Cup Final in 2010
  • Captained U.S. Men’s National Team against Chile in 2011


Nashville Soccer Club (Major League Soccer, United States)


Chicago Fire (MLS)


  • Ranked tied for the most appearances (32) in 2019
  • Recorded one goal and four assists as a defensive midfielder
  • Awarded Man of the Match twice from April 12 to July 13
  • Ranked in the top five on the team in minutes played (2,580)


  • Started in all 26 of his appearances in his second season with Chicago
  • Picked up two assists in a 3-2 win over NYC FC on June 30
  • Made 10 consecutive starts from March 10 to May 12


  • Started in all 28 of his appearances in his first season with Chicago
  • Notched five assists en route to the team’s third-best record in regular season play
  • Named an MLS All-Star for the second time of his career
  • Picked up his first career assist with the Fire in a 2-2 draw against Montreal on April 1
  • Played his 300th career MLS regular season match in a 4-1 win over San Jose on September 27

New York Red Bulls (MLS)


  • Made 10 appearances and 8 starts in MLS play
  • Scored two goals in the Red Bulls 7-0 victory over NYC FC in the Hudson River Derby on May 21
  • Made his 150th start for the club against Toronto FC on May 28
  • Became club’s all-time appearance leader after his 198th game in matchup against Montreal Impact on November 9


  • Appeared in 32 matches in MLS regular season play
  • Named captain of the Red Bulls on March 9 by new coach Jesse Marsch
  • Recorded career-high eight assists
  • Scored lone goal in 1-0 victory over D.C. United in first leg of MLS Cup Playoff Semifinals on November 1


  • Made 31 appearances in MLS regular season play
  • Anchored run to 2014 Eastern Conference Finals
  • Nominated for Goal of the Year for his chip from outside the box against New England on August 2


  • Made 30 appearances in MLS regular season play
  • Notched four goals and four assists for the season


  • Made 33 appearances in MLS regular season play
  • Scored three goals and set up three others in his second year with the club

D.C. United/New York Red Bulls (MLS)


  • Made 16 appearances for New York in MLS regular season play
  • Assisted on two goals during New York’s run to the playoffs
  • Acquired from D.C. United in return for Dwayne De Rosario midseason
  • Named captain by D.C. United after just four months with the club
  • Made his first official appearance in a 3-1 victory over Columbus in the season opener
  • Acquired by D.C. United from Portland for Rodney Wallace and a fourth-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft

FC Dallas/Portland Timbers (MLS)


  • Made 21 appearances in MLS regular season play for FC Dallas
  • Scored the winning goal against Real Salt Lake that sent FC Dallas to the Western Conference Finals on November 6
  • Played all 120 minutes in the club’s loss 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Cup Final
  • Selected by the Portland Timbers as the first pick in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft on November 24

FC Dallas (MLS)


  • Made 28 appearances in MLS play
  • Scored three goals and notched four assists in league play


  • Made 17 appearances and 8 starts in MLS play, recording two assists
  • Underwent sports hernia surgery in May and missed significant time during the middle of the season


  • Made 25 appearances in MLS regular season play
  • Scored his first career MLS goal against LA Galaxy on September 23
  • Notched a team-high seven assists on the season


  • Made two MLS appearances in his first action
  • Made his MLS debut in the 85th minute in a 3-0 loss to Chivas USA on July 1
  • Drafted sixth overall in the first round of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas


United States

  • Member of the U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2007 U-20 FIFA World Cup
  • Played in all five matches for the U-23 U.S. Men’s National Team for the CONCACAF Men’s Pre-Olympic Tournament in March 2008
  • Received his first international cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team on November 14, 2009 vs. Slovakia
  • Captained the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against Chile on January 22, 2011


  • Had a successful two-year career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • As a sophomore in 2005, led UNC with eight assists and was named second team All-America and first team All-ACC.
  • As a freshman, played in 21 games in midfield and made five starts.


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