Player Details


John McCarthy


6' 3"


194 lbs

Date of Birth

7.4.1992 (31)


Philadelphia, PA USA


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2018 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): McCarthy made one appearance (one start) in regular-season play for Philadelphia, going 1-0-0 with one clean sheet. He started and kept a clean sheet in the Union's international friendly vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (July 14). He made his first league start of the year, a six-save shutout, in the win over Sporting KC (September 23); was also named to the MLS Team of the Week (Week 30). In the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, he made one appearance (one start) in goal, keeping a clean sheet as part of a 5-0 Fourth Round win over Richmond (June 5). For Bethlehem Steel FC, McCarthy made 12 appearances (12 starts). He started the season opener, a 4-1 win vs. Richmond (March 18) and kept his first clean sheet of the season with a 3-0 blanking of New York Red Bulls II (May 16). He notched a shutout as part of a 2-0 win over Ottawa (August 22) and kept another clean sheet in the postseason-clinching win over Tampa Bay (October 14).


2017 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): McCarthy made eight appearances (eight starts) for the Union in 2017, going 2-4-2 with one clean sheet on the year. He registered his first start of the campaign and set a new single-match career high in saves with six during a draw at Sporting KC (July 6). In his fourth consecutive start, he kept his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Columbus (July 26). He also made two appearances (two starts) in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. For Bethlehem Steel FC, McCarthy made three appearances (three starts).


2016 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): In his second year with the Union, McCarthy made one MLS appearance while primarily serving as Andre Blake’s backup. He started the club’s match on September 4, 2016 at Chicago. With Steel FC, McCarthy played in 11 matches, and he also played one U.S. Open Cup contest for Philadelphia.


2015 (Philadelphia): McCarthy made the leap to MLS by signing with the Union prior to 2015. He made 11 starts in his rookie year, going 3-5-3 with 22 stops and a 1.64 goals-against average. He made his league debut on April 11, 2015 as part of a 2-1 win over New York City FC. He also made five appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, including an appearance in the final during the penalty shootout, as Philadelphia finished runners-up in the competition.


2014 (Rochester): McCarthy was named the USL Goalkeeper of the Year and USL Rookie of the Year in 2014 after a strong showing with the Rhinos. He led the league with a 0.72 goals against average after allowing just 13 goals in 18 games and posted an 8-4-6 record with 10 shutouts and 41 saves.




McCarthy was a four-year starter at La Salle, a three-time All-Atlantic 10 performer, an NSCAA Scholar All-American and was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list heading into his senior year.


He also appeared for PDL club Reading United, making a U.S. Open Cup start against the Red Bulls in 2013. McCarthy also starred for local youth teams in the area. He played for Lighthouse Soccer Club, Philadelphia Soccer Club, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program, FC Delco and Match Fit Academy FC.




Philadelphia Union signed goalkeeper John McCarthy on February 23, 2015.


Name: John McCarthy

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 192

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Born: July 4, 1992 in Philadelphia, PA

Citizenship: United States

Acquired: Philadelphia Union signed goalkeeper John McCarthy on February 23, 2015

Previous Experience: Rochester Rhinos (2014)