Dax McCarty joined New York Red Bulls midway through the 2011 season. He came to us as a veteran: six seasons in MLS; more than 100 regular season appearances; a few caps for his country - he had even captained USMNT for one game (and yes, it was a Camp Cupcake friendly, but it's only a cupcake for a handful of very, very good soccer players; captaining your country is no small thing). And most of this before his 24th birthday.
He's just turned 27. McCarty is in his fourth season wearing RBNY's colors. He's contributed to some very good times: most notably the 2013 season. Dax brought the Arena to its feet with a last-kick-of-the-game winner against Real Salt Lake in July of last year. But mostly he does the yeoman's work of tidying up in front of the back four and getting the ball out to the big guns up the field.
He's not often on the highlight reels, but he is often on the field, and was as important a part of RBNY's Supporters' Shield winning season as anyone.
Why all this love for Dax? He's approaching his 100th competitive appearance for RBNY.
Not his 100th MLS appearance (that happened while he was playing for D.C. United...yeah, nobody's perfect), but the 100th time he'll put on the RBNY shirt for a game that means something.
This is an achievement. Assuming it happens soon (ideally, in front of his home crowd at Red Bull Arena against Chicago Fire on May 10), McCarty will be just the 21st player to reach this particular landmark for this team. He deserves some recognition.
So we're going to give some credit where it's due. But not in the usual way. Instead of posting a bunch of You Tube clips and a big "BRAVO", we want to put a little tribute together from the fans: you, me, all of us.
Here's what we have in mind:
- Jump on Twitter and tweet out the one word that best describes Dax for you. Could be describing his playing style, his personality, his best moment for the team: whatever it is, boil it down to one word.
- Tweet that word with #WordsForDax. The hashtag is important - we need to be able to find what you've tweeted.
- Tweet it again. Or tweet another word. And another. We want to build a record of ALL the words: the funniest, the most creative and the most popular. To get to the most popular - we need to see lots of words, lots of times. So tweet often, even if it's the same word as someone else, or the same word you tweeted the first time.
That's it for your contribution. From our side, we'll gather up the tweets and bundle them into a special post commemorating Dax's 100th competitive game for RBNY.
Whether he has a good one or a bad one is irrelevant. He stuck with us, we've had some good times, and we intend to say thank you.
Join us. #WordsForDax