In a shocker, De Rosario traded for Dax McCarty
June 27, 2011 (Official Press Release)
Red Bull New York announced today that it acquired midfielder Dax McCarty from D.C. United in exchange for midfielder Dwayne De Rosario. McCarty, a player in the U.S. National Team pool, will be available for selection for New York's MLS regular season showdown against the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday, July 2 at Stanford Stadium at 10:30 PM ET.
"Dax is an exciting young player who will immediately add his dynamic style of play to our midfield," said Red Bull New York General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. "He is an excellent two-way player who will contribute both to our defense and to our attack for seasons to come."
"To acquire such a promising player, we had to make a difficult decision in trading Dwayne. During his short time in New York, Dwayne has been a consummate professional. We wish him the best of luck in D.C."
McCarty, 24, has played in 13 games for United, notching 11 starts and two goals. His rights were acquired by D.C. from the Portland Timbers in addition to allocation money on Nov. 24, 2010 in exchange for defender Rodney Wallace and the lower of United's two fourth round selections in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Portland had drafted McCarty with the first pick in the 2010 Expansion Draft.
Prior to joining D.C., the Winter Park, FL native was an integral part of FC Dallas' run to the 2010 MLS Cup Final. In 2010, McCarty featured in 21 matches, tallying one goal and two assists while establishing himself as one of the top young midfielders in MLS. He also scored against Real Salt Lake in FC Dallas' 1-1 tie in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals and appeared in all four postseason games.
McCarty enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2009, recording three goals and six assists in 28 games played. Drafted in the first round of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of North Carolina, McCarty, who had a career-high seven assists in 2007, amassed 93 appearances, 71 starts, five goals and 17 assists over five seasons in the Lone Star State.
On the international level, McCarty has earned five caps for the United States and made his senior team debut on Nov. 14, 2009 against Slovakia. McCarty has also represented his country on the Under-20 level, where he appeared in all five games in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007 and was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that competed in Beijing. He was in addition a part of the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program.
McCarty played two seasons at North Carolina, being named NSCAA second team All-America and First Team All-ACC in his sophomore year.
De Rosario joined the Red Bulls on April 1, 2011 in a trade that sent midfielder Tony Tchani, defender Danleigh Borman and New York's natural first round 2012 MLS SuperDraft selection to Toronto FC. The Canadian International featured in 13 games for New York during his stay, recording two goals and four assists.