FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Former New York City FC midfielder Tommy McNamara is on the move again.
On Monday, the 29-year-old midfielder became a member of the New England Revolution.
The Revs acquired McNamara, $150,000 in 2020 allocation money and $25,000 in 2021 allocation money from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for midfielder Wilfried Zahibo and a 2020 international roster slot. That roster slot will return to the Revolution Jan. 1.
“We are pleased to acquire Tommy McNamara as a member of the New England Revolution. I’d also like to thank Wilfried Zahibo for his contributions to our club and wish him the very best with the Houston Dynamo,” Revs sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. “Tommy is a veteran player in our league who can play in a number of positions in the midfield. He is an intelligent player who will add a different dimension to our roster, and we look forward to welcoming him to the Revolution.”
McNamara is currently in his seventh MLS season and second with the Dynamo, having totaled 37 regular season appearances and 17 starts in Houston. Last year, he set a career high with 33 appearances, making 15 starts, and scored two goals with three assists. In his MLS career, he owns 129 appearances, 89 starts, 16 goals, and 17 assists in league play, with one additional start in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs. McNamara also has made four appearances in Concacaf Champions League action, and four in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The West Nyack, N.Y. native’s MLS career began with Chivas USA as the 20th-overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. He started six matches and scored one goal, which came in his MLS debut, but had his season cut short due to an injury. The following year, McNamara landed with New York City FC, where he tallied 13 goals and 14 assists from 2015-18. He enjoyed a career season in 2016, setting personal bests with 28 starts, five goals, and nine assists. During his tenure in the Bronx, he twice earned the club’s player of the month honors – in June 2015 and March 2016.
Following the 2018 campaign, McNamara was selected by Houston in the second round of the MLS re-entry draft, signing with the Dynamo on Jan. 11, 2019. He went on to appear in 43 games across all competitions, including 33 regular season appearances last season with two goals and three assists.