CLEMSON, S.C. – Former Clemson men’s soccer player Thomas McNamara was the eighth pick of New York City FC in the MLS Expansion Draft held Wednesday afternoon. McNamara had previously been selected by D.C. United on Nov. 19 in the Chivas USA Dispersal Draft. The native of West Nyack will now return to his home state to play for NYCFC.
McNamara led Clemson in scoring in 2013 with seven goals and eight assists, and helped the Tigers to an 11-7-3 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance. He was named to the NSCAA All-America Second Team and the All-ACC First Team, as well as the ACC All-Tournament Team in 2013. He also earned Academic All-America and NSCAA Scholar National Team honors.
McNamara began his college career at Brown, where he graduated with a degree in Economics before coming to Clemson to attend graduate school and play for Mike Noonan in his final year of eligibility. Noonan was the head coach at Brown from 1995 to 2009, McNamara’s freshman year with the Bears program, before coming to Clemson in 2010.
Miles Joseph, who lettered for Clemson from 1992-95, is an assistant coach with New York City FC.
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