No one was more excited about Thursday’s Jersey Launch Party than Jordan McCrary. The loud music, eager fans, and new shirt were all reminders to the rookie that he's now a professional soccer player.
"It feels amazing," McCrary said of the new kit. "It feels just like I would dream, too. I finally picked up my jersey and put it on and it’s actually mine. I didn’t have to go and customize it online to put my name. It looks the best, too."
McCrary was selected 10th overall in this year’s MLS SuperDraft. Eleven days later, the 22-year-old was officially added to the Revolution’s roster, a sign that Jay Heaps and his coaching staff have high expectations for the UNC product. Since then, it’s been a lot of morning runs and double sessions in Arizona as the team prepares for 2016.
The Revs returned to Foxborough this week to train locally, but will depart for the Grand Canyon State on Sunday for the Desert Diamond Cup. A highlight of being back in Massachusetts was the unveiling of the 2016-17 primary kit. Although he fully endorsed the two front stripes, McCrary was perhaps most excited to have his preferred number three on the back.
"A major impact for me for soccer was my friend Kirk Urso," McCrary explained. "He played at UNC, was drafted, played with the Columbus Crew then he passed away with a heart condition. We all remember number three at UNC. We’ve had it on our field and we’ve always had it in our hearts."
With his name officially on a Revolution shirt, McCrary knows that the next step is to play as himself on FIFA. He’s already gone out and purchased an Xbox console. Now he just has to decide what position he’ll play on the field.
"I think I might go in the midfield," McCrary joked. "Nah, I probably have to stick to the right back and let Kelyn [Rowe] and everybody else run the middle."