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Trialist: John McCarthy

Reading United and LaSalle GK John McCarthy to go on trial with the Sounders.


According to a tweet from a college teammate, Reading United AC and La Salle goalkeeper John McCarthy will join the Sounders as a trialist.

A trend that began in the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft continues as LaSalle and Reading United goalkeeper John McCarthy will join his PDL teammates Damion Lowe and Jimmy Ockford in Seattle to battle with Josh Ford for the third goalkeeper spot on the roster.

Lowe, Ockford and McCarthy were part of a Reading United defense that allowed only 12 goals in 14 matches in the 2013 PDL regular season, which was tied for the 7th best in the PDL. McCarthy started a total of 12 matches for Reading United in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, PDL regular season and the PDL playoffs, allowing 11 goals in 1,110 minutes (0.89 GAA). He finished with a 7-2-3 (WLD) record at Reading United.

A 4 year starter at LaSalle, McCarthy finished his college career with 90 goals allowed in 6,875 minutes in 74 matches (1.18 GAA) and a save rate of 83.9%. Top Drawer Soccer rated him as the third best goalkeeper available in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. TDS also named him the #63 player in the nation among all college players at the end of the 2013 NCAA season.

In his senior year in 2013, McCarthy played 1,787 minutes in 19 starts. He allowed 25 goals (1.26 GAA), saved 82.3% of the shots he faced and posted 5 shutouts. His 116 saves led the Atlantic 10 and was good enough for 4th best in NCAA Division 1. His save percentage also led the Atlantic 10 and was the third best in Division 1 among players with at least 100 saves.

He earned Atlantic 10 all-conference honors in each of his 4 seasons at LaSalle, capped off by his inclusion in the 2013 Atlantic 10 first team. He leaves La Salle as the school's all-time leader in saves, shutouts and games played.

La Salle profile
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