New York Red Bulls players were delighted with the debut of midfielder Dax McCarty.
The 24-year old joined New York from DC United last week in an exchange deal which saw Dwayne De Rosario go the other way and he stepped out for his new club for the first time on Sunday.
McCarty played a full 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with San Jose Earthquakes and his performance was well-received by some of his new teammates.
Teemu Tainio said: “I’ve played against him when we played in Washington. I knew he was going to be a good player; I really enjoyed playing with him. He’s good with the ball, works hard, modern footballer. I’m very pleased.’’
Joel Lindpere added: “I think that if (McCarty) plays, with two real holding players then, me and Dane we don’t need to run like hell all around. Everyone can see we have more power and freedom to attack. It gives us more responsibilities. Six players, plus a keeper it should be enough to hold the back line. Every team practices against six defenders and it’s quite impossible to score.’’
Whilst McCarty himself was delighted with his first outing with the Red Bulls.
“I felt good. Honestly, I felt the most comfortable I’ve felt the whole year,’’ said McCarty. “The players on this team are all extremely comfortable with the ball, like to pass and play a style of soccer that I like, and that suits me very well.”