Dallas Texans Alumni:
Stephen McCarthy was born July 21, 1988 in Honolulu, Hawaii. After relocating to Dallas, McCarthy played for the Dallas Texans '88 team under coaches Hassan Nazari and David Hudgell. Former teammates include fellow professionals Andre Akpan (Colorado Rapids), Anthony Ampaipitakwong (San Jose Earthquakes) and Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy). This team won back-to-back-to-back USYSA National Championships (05-07), and also became the only American team to win the Dallas Cup Super Group. During that year both Manchester United and Real Madrid took part in the international tournament.
McCarthy attended Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, Texas. During his senior year along with leading Nolan Catholic to a State Championship, he was also awarded the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division I Offensive Player of the Year. As well as being recognized as an All-State selection (2006).
McCarthy went on to play college soccer at Santa Clara University and played 3 seasons, starting 60 games and becoming a Two-time All-West Coast Conference pick (2007-08) and an honorable mention selection in 2006. He shared the league's Freshman of the Year award in 2006 and claimed Freshman All-America honors from Soccer America and College Soccer News. Before his senior season he transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following his senior year at UNC he was named First team All-ACC as well as All-Region. He also played USL Premier Development League for the DFW Tornados and then the Carolina Dynamo in the following year.
McCarthy was drafted in the second round (24th overall) of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by New England Revolution. He made his professional debut on March 20, 2011, in the Revs' first game of the 2011 MLS season against Los Angeles Galaxy, and scored his first professional goal on April 2 in a 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers. He ended the 2011 playing in 21 matches, starting 18 of them, before undergoing season-ending arthroscopic labrum repair surgery on his shoulder.
McCarthy represented the U.S. at the Under-20 level. In 2007 he played for the U.S. Under-20’s at the Pan-American Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.