UPDATE: June 9
Atlanta United officially announced that Dax McCarty has signed with the club for the 2024 season with an option to return in 2025. The soon-to-be 37-year-old midfielder has had a storied MLS career and has brought the kind of leadership and winning attitude the club hopes to add to a talented young group.
“Dax has been one of the most consistent midfielders throughout his distinguished career in MLS,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “Dax is a competitor and will bring a good mentality and leadership to our team. He has continued to prove over the last couple of seasons that he plays at a high level consistently and we are excited to welcome him and his family to Atlanta.”
McCarty played for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in the Beijing Olympics alongside current Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan and former 5-Stripes captain Michael Parkhurst. With this signing, he and Guzan will likely play the remainder of their professional careers together in another Olympic city.
Welcome to Atlanta, Dax!
Wake up y’all, late night transfer news just dropped.
According to a report from Tom Bogert of The Athletic, Atlanta United is nearing a deal to sign two-time Supporters’ Shield winner and experienced midfielder Dax McCarty.
Sources: Atlanta United finalizing deal to sign MLS legend Dax McCarty— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) January 6, 2024
McCarty, 36, spent the last four seasons with Nashville, integral to their hugely successful first four years in MLS. He's made 466 MLS regular season apps. Two Supporters' Shields. One of the best ever
McCarty, 36, has over 466 appearances in his long MLS career spanning five different clubs. He most recently spent four years with Nashville SC as the club’s first captain, totaling 121 appearances for the Coyotes before entering free agency at the end of 2023.
His longest stint was with New York Red Bulls between 2011 and 2016 where McCarty made 198 appearances and won Supporters’ Shields in 2013 and 2015.
Debuting in 2009, McCarty has 13 caps for the US senior national team, where he formed part of the Gold Cup champion team in 2017.
McCarty will now fill the role of veteran leader in midfield after Ozzie Alonso’s contract expired at the end of last season. While details of his contract are not yet available, it’s reasonable to assume that he will take on a senior minimum (or something similar) salary to join the Five Stripes.
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