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2020 Sacramento Republic player postmortem: Jordan McCrary

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Minutes leader was a rock all season.

Courtesy of LA Galaxy II

Jordan McCrary returned for his second season with Sacramento Republic FC in 2020. A regular starter at right back in 2019, McCrary came back and ended up being the minutes leader, playing nearly every game during the season and absolutely locking down his position.

McCrary had previously bounced around MLS and the USL Championship, but I hadn’t realized how much he had moved around before. Drafted into MLS by the New England Revolution, he was loaned out and had a cup of coffee with Rochester Rhinos, before a good run with Toronto FC II, then a year in the Seattle Sounders system for both the MLS and USL teams.

In Sacramento he seems to have found a home and a team where he can be a key player and really be the heart and soul of the squad, to an extent.

Here are McCrary’s statistics for the season:

Jordan McCrary 2020 Statistics

2020 Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots SOG Yellow Cards Red Cards
2020 Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots SOG Yellow Cards Red Cards
Regular Season 14 14 1,199 0 2 1 0 5 0
Playoffs 1 1 120 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 15 15 1,319 0 2 1 0 6 0

McCrary basically locked down the right back spot, and unlike the multiple options on the other side of defense, McCrary was healthy and a clear first choice throughout. He turned 27 during the season, and while Sacramento’s age distribution on their roster was pretty well spread out, I think having key players in McCrary’s age is ideal for a contender.

So I’m high on McCrary. I think the current situation is best for his career at this point and for Sacramento, having a two-way fullback who wants to be the big fish. I think he’s capable of being an All-League selection if Sacramento has a really outstanding season and players aside from the goal scorers get national attention.

So 2020 was a good season for McCrary, and he’ll be back for more in 2021 after the club picked up his contract option, which is a no-brainer move. He’s a good player, seems like a good locker room guy, and I think he can continue to be an anchor for a contender in this league in 2021.

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