Every team needs a captain, and the New York Red Bulls' on-field leader for the past four seasons has retired, so the armband was up for grabs. It has now been grabbed.
McCarty joined RBNY mid-way through the 2011 season, making his debut in a 2-2 draw in San Jose. He is, per MetroFanatic's exemplary chronicles of this team's history, the 250th player in club history.
He's a central midfielder whose strengths are primarily ball-winning and efficient distribution to more creative or attack-minded teammates. But every once in a while, he does something particularly memorable to catch the eye of the highlight-makers:
And within him there lurks an alter-ego: Daxinho, impudent master of the ball.
He wears his heart on his sleeve, or - as tends to be more common in this age - on his Twitter handle:
The amount of pride I feel in being named captain of #RBNY can't be put into words. Stoked to get going. Thanks to everyone for the support.— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) March 6, 2015
Congrats again, Dax. Lead the way.