By IVES GALARCEP
Dax McCarty was arguably the most consistent player and most valuable player on the 2012 New York Red Bulls, and the Red Bulls are rewarding him for that excellent form with a new contract.
McCarty has signed a new with the Red Bulls, the club announced on Tuesday. Sources tell SBI that the new contract is a four-year deal that should make McCarty one of the highest paid non-Designated Players on the roster.
Acquired in the controversial 2011 trade that sent eventual MLS MVP Dwayne DeRosario to D.C. United, McCarty settled into a central midfield role last year that saw him become a box-to-box force. Former head coach Hans Backe tinkered with McCarty’s position at times, playing him on the right wing, but McCarty’s presence in the middle proved invaluable to the Red Bulls.
McCarty’s work rate in the middle of the park will become even more important as the Red Bulls prepare to hand the playmaking duties to Brazilian midfielder Juninho Pernambucano.
What do you think of this development? Happy to see the Red Bulls commit long-term to an American player for once? See McCarty having another MLS All-Star caliber season?
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