Tommy McNamara has only played three games for the New England Revolution, but he’s already getting plenty of compliments.
On Sunday, McNamara made his second consecutive start, operating as the no. 10. Here, McNamara was asked to put the ball in dangerous spots.
He accomplished this goal in the third minute when he offered a picturesque pass that was finished by Teal Bunbury at the back post.
“I don’t remember the last time I got a ball in a position like that,” Bunbury said. “Great vision on his part. I think we caught Chicago off-guard. He played an unbelievable ball to me and it was my job to tuck it away.”
This isn’t the first time that McNamara has been recognized by one of his new teammates. Matt Turner praised the midfielder for his efforts against New York City FC, saying, “I thought he was one of the few that did a pretty good job.”
Originally drafted by Chivas USA in 2014, New England is the fourth stop of McNamara’s career. He played four games with the Houston Dynamo before heading north via a trade on Aug. 17.
Joining a new club mid-season is never easy, but McNamara is satisfied with how he’s acclimated.
“It has been a great transition and I’m really happy to be here,” McNamara said. “I’ve only been here for a short time so I’m still trying to get myself in the team and get comfortable with what we’re trying to do and what other guys on the field are trying to do.”
In total, McNamara has played 130 minutes for the Revs. His most recent outing saw him make way for Cristian Penilla after 57 minutes. Still, head coach Bruce Arena was complimentary about what he’s seen from the midfielder so far.
“Tommy is a good player,” Arena explained. “Good passer, technically pretty good – something that we need a little bit more of in our lineup. He gave us that tonight. He’s now played in three games and he’s contributed in each game, so I think he’s been a good addition to our team.”