Dax McCarty is already the New York Red Bulls' all-time leader in MLS regular season games started (162) and minutes (14,291). And if he plays against Philadelphia Union on October 23, he will finish the 2016 season tied for the club's all-time record for MLS regular season appearances.
But there is more to RBNY than the MLS regular season. The club is about to get very excited about this year's MLS playoffs. Next year, it will start the season with a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal. And there will be another attempt to make serious run at US Open Cup.
RBNY's appearance records for all-competitions - the true all-time marker of service to the club - are falling. Mike Petke has long held all three major all-time, all-competitions appearance records: games played, games started, and minutes played. But one has already been claimed by McCarty, and the other two should be his shortly.
McCarty trails Petke's all-time, all-competitions appearances record by two games: he's on 195 and Petke's record is 197. He is 46 minutes short of Petke's all-time, all-competitions minutes record for RBNY.
And he has already taken the RBNY record for career games started in all competitions. McCarty's start against Columbus Crew on October 16 - a 3-2 win that effectively clinched the 2016 regular season Eastern Conference title for the Red Bulls - was the captain's 186th career start for RBNY. Petke's record was 185 career starts in all competitions.
Congrats, Captain! And fitting that the record should change hands during a milestone match that delivered RBNY another significant on-field achievement.
See you at the next milestone.