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February 5, 2013
Red Bulls extend McCarty's contract

Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh on Dax McCarty (above): "Dax is part of the heart and soul of this team."
Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh on Dax McCarty (above): "Dax is part of the heart and soul of this team."
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Dax McCarty isn't going anywhere.

The Red Bulls signed the holding midfielder to a new contract, the team announced on Tuesday.

Terms and length of the contract were not known.

McCarty earned a base salary of $174,375 and a guaranteed salary of $194,375 last season, according to the MLS Players Union. It is expected that he received a raise.

The 25-year-old McCarty is coming off his best Major League Soccer season. To many soccer observers and media, he was the team MVP for his endless box-to-box two-way play.

“We are delighted to sign Dax to an extended contract, as he is a very important player for this club,” Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said in a statement. “As a talented, American player, Dax is part of the heart and soul of this team and we are looking forward to once again having him contribute to the Red Bulls and our campaign.”

McCarty started in 33 of 34 regular season games, recording three goals and three assists. He also started in the Red Bulls' two playoff games. A native of Winter Park, Fla., McCarty joined the Red Bulls on June 27, 2011 in exchange for midfielder Dwayne De Rosario in a trade with D.C. United. In 2011 he amassed 29 appearances, 25 starts and six assists.

McCarty played five seasons for FC Dallas and was an important part of his team’s run to the 2010 MLS Cup final. He performed in 21 matches, registering one goal and two assists while establishing himself as one of the top young MLS midfielders. He also played in FC Dallas’ four postseason games.

In 2009, McCarty had a breakout season, finishing with three goals and six assists in 28 match. Taken in the first round of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of North Carolina, he recorded 93 appearances, 71 starts, five goals and 17 assists over five seasons with Dallas.

He has earned five caps for the United States and made his senior team debut on Nov. 14, 2009 against Slovakia. McCarty also has represented the USA on the Under-20 level, appearing in all five games in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007. He also was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that competed in Beijing.
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