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Jordan McCrary earning praise from Revolution teammates

The rookie is doing well.

Kari Heistad

Jordan McCrary has only been with the New England Revolution for just over a week. While it’s still early, reviews have been positive.

The Revolution coaching staff were ecstatic that the University of North Carolina product was available for selection with the 10th overall pick. McCrary fit a need for the Revs as he can play both fullback positions. Three days after preseason camp opened, McCrary was officially added to the roster when he signed his first professional contract.

With the team now in Arizona, players are beginning to see McCrary’s talent firsthand, helping many understand why he’s been called an MLS-ready player.

"He’s been working really hard," Chris Tierney told The Bent Musket, adding that he thinks McCrary will make an impact this year. "He looks like a quality player and we’re excited to have him."

One of the reasons why the Revolution were so happy to add McCrary is because of his defense-first mentality. The Georgia native has the speed to get up the flank, but knows that his first responsibility is to protect Bobby Shuttleworth’s net. The Revs, who haven’t played a full field scrimmage yet, have already taken note of McCrary’s dedication to defending.

"He defends hard and you can tell that he’s a guy that doesn’t shy away from the defense part of the game, which is something that’s very important," Tierney praised.

During his first several days with the Revolution, McCrary has already improved. This has created an excitement about his future with the club.

"The more time that he gets with us and starts to understand our system and tactics, the better and better he’ll do," Tierney said. "[I've had] really good first impressions."