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Fire Captain Dax McCarty Signs Contract Extension With The Club

The midfielder commits to the Men In Red through the 2019 season, with a club option for 2020

MLS: Eastern Conference Knockout Round-New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Fire announced today that club captain Dax McCarty has signed a contract extension through 2019. The new contract includes a club option for 2020.

McCarty signed with the Fire just about a year ago in a somewhat controversial trade with the New York Red Bulls. During the 2017 season, Dax tallied five assists over 28 appearances and was named to the MLS All-Star Team. He also became such an integral part of the locker room that Veljko Paunovic gave him the captain’s armband.

Speaking to the club website, McCarty made it clear that he is returning to a job that is yet unfinished.

“After taking time to reflect on the 2017 season, I’ve come away with a very clear picture of what the future looks like for the Chicago Fire. Although the year did not end how any of us would have liked, I believe we’re on course to becoming a perennial contender for trophies like Fire teams of old. Together with the fans, our club can build on the foundation laid last season and now set our sights even higher. I’m excited to be in Chicago long term and am looking forward to getting back on the field soon.”

Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez stated the obvious: this move is a no-brainer.

“Dax has proven himself across MLS as a respected opponent, and we believe his best years remain in front of him. Dax is a very important player for us and how we play. Extending his contract is a key piece in our continued efforts to build a championship program.”

Paired with the signing of Grant Lillard to a Homegrown Player contract yesterday, this has been a work of good and solid business for the Fire. A strong foundation to build on as preseason rolls forward.