Tommy McNamara

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Thomas McNamara
Personal information
Full nameThomas Liam McNamara
Date of birth (1991-02-06) February 6, 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth West Nyack, New York, U.S.
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder, Winger
Club information
Current team
New England Revolution
Number 26
College career
2009–2012 Brown Bears 42 (9)
2013 Clemson Tigers 21 (7)
Senior career*
2011 Western Mass Pioneers 9 (2)
2012 Worcester Hydra 1 (0)
2013 Jersey Express 4 (4)
2014 Chivas USA 6 (1)
2015–2018 New York City FC 86 (13)
2015Wilmington Hammerheads (loan) 3 (0)
2019–2020 Houston Dynamo 37 (2)
2020– New England Revolution 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of November 12, 2020

Thomas Liam McNamara (born February 6, 1991) is an American professional soccer player who plays for the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.



Early career

Thomas McNamara was born in West Nyack, NY. McNamara played high school soccer at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ, and played club soccer for FC Westchester. McNamara played college soccer at Brown University for four years before spending a fifth year playing college soccer for Clemson University in 2013. He was a First Team All-Ivy selection as a senior and finished his career at Brown with 12 goals and 10 assists. [1] He scored seven goals while recording eight assists in his final season of college soccer at Clemson. [2] He is only the second Clemson soccer player to be named an All-American both on and off the field in the same season. [3] In 2013, he was named Second Team All-American by the NSCAA and a First Team Academic All-American. McNamara is the first Clemson soccer player selected to the Capital One Academic First Team since 1987 when Jamey Rootes was selected. Rootes is currently the President of the NFL's Houston Texans.He also played in the USL PDL with the Jersey Express in 2013. [4]

Chivas USA

McNamara was drafted first in the second round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA, [1] and was officially signed on February 14, 2014. [2] He made his professional debut for the team on March 9, 2014 against the Chicago Fire in which he also scored his first professional goal in the 60th minute on the way to a 3–2 opening day victory. [5] On April 12, McNamara tore the ACL in his right knee, requiring him to undergo surgery to repair his ACL. [6]

New York City FC

After the contraction of Chivas USA following the 2014 Major League Soccer season, McNamara was selected by D.C. United in the 2014 MLS Dispersal Draft. [7] Leading up to the 2015 Expansion of Major League Soccer Draft, McNamara was left unprotected by D.C. United. [8] New York City FC selected him with their eighth pick in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft. [9]

McNamara scored his first goal for New York City FC on June 6, 2015 against the Philadelphia Union. The goal, scored from about 25 yards out, was awarded MLS goal of the week honors. [10] This right-footed curling shot into the top corner has become a signature of McNamara's, as he has scored near identical goals from similar areas of the pitch against Chicago Fire, [11] Portland Timbers [12] New York Red Bulls, [13] and Colorado Rapids.

Houston Dynamo

McNamara was selected by Houston Dynamo in the second-round of the 2018 MLS Re-Entry Draft on December 20, 2018. [14] He signed with the Dynamo on January 11, 2019 [15] He made his Dynamo debut on February 19, coming on as a substitute in a 1–0 win over C.D. Guastatoya in a CONCACAF Champions League match. [16] McNamara scored his first goal for Houston on May 18 in a 2–1 win over D.C. United. On July 20, he scored a goal and had an assist as the Dynamo defeated Toronto FC 3–1. McNamara would return to NYCFC on August 8 and would mark the occasion by picking up his second assist of the season. However, the Dynamo would lose by a score of 3–2. [17] McNamara would lead the team with 39 appearances across all competitions, and finished the year with 2 goals and 3 assists. It was a poor season for Houston as a team, finishing 10th in the Western Conference and missing out on the playoffs. [18]

McNamara started the first two games of the 2020 season before the season was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league returned to play in July with the MLS is Back Tournament, where McNamara made a substitute appearance in 2 of Houston's 3 games. [19]

New England Revolution

On August 17, 2020, McNamara was traded to New England Revolution in exchange for Wilfried Zahibo and a 2020 international roster slot. New England also receives $175,000 in General Allocation Money across 2020 and 2021 from Houston in the deal. [20] He made his debut for the Revs on August 29, coming on as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with the New York Red Bulls. On September 6, McNamara recorded his first assist with the Revolution to help New England beat the Chicago Fire 2–1. [21] He ended the season with 2 assists from 14 appearances for the Revs, helping them finish the season 8th in the Eastern Conference and qualify for the playoffs. [22] [23] McNamara played in all four of New England's playoff games, with one of them being a start, as he helped the Revs reach the Eastern Conference final, where they lost 1–0 to the Columbus Crew. [21]

His contract expired following the 2020 season, making him a free agent. [24] He re-signed with the Revolution on December 22. [25]

International career

McNamara is an American and Irish passport holder, as his paternal grandfather was born in Ireland. He has expressed interest in playing for either national team. [26]

Career statistics

As of December 22, 2020 [27] [28] [29]
ClubSeasonLeague MLS Playoffs U.S. Open Cup ContinentalTotal
Chivas USA 2014 MLS 610061
New York City FC 2015 19500195
2016 3051000315
2017 2730010283
2018 1000010110
NYCFC Total86131020008914
Wilmington Hammerheads (loan) 2015 USL 3030
Houston Dynamo 2019 MLS 332204 [lower-alpha 1] 0392
2020 40000040
Houston Total372002040432
New England Revolution 2020 MLS 1404000180
New England Total140400000180
Career total1461650404015914



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