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Year in Review: Jack McInerney

Bob Levey

Pretty much the surprise of Major League Soccer for the first half of 2013. McInerney scored goals in bunches and for a long time was the league leader in goals.

Jack McInerney

Forward

2013 Stats – 12 Goals (team leader), 0 Assists, 30 shots on goal, 4 yellow cards and no red cards in 2,209 minutes played. Started 25 games and appeared in 31 total.

Salary - $125,500.00 Base Salary / $189,666.67 Guaranteed Compensation

Review of 2013 Performance – Pretty much the surprise of Major League Soccer for the first half of 2013. McInerney scored goals in bunches and for a long time was the league leader in goals. His run of form led to him to be called up to the US Men’s National Team for the Gold Cup, while he saw no playing time he apparently received valuable experience.

However, after June 1st he had a drought that put it mildly, did not help the team. McInerney went four months without scoring, finally knocking down the door on October 12th against D.C. United in a 1-1 tie. McInerney’s tally of 12 goals was good enough to put him at a tie for 7th in the league and lead the team.

Expectations for 2014 – McInerney should show some signs of growth at the beginning of next season. While he may not be the league leader in goals, he should continue to develop. McInerney showed that he has an ability to know where to be to score. However, he needs to understand that goal droughts happen. It was plainly apparent that his ongoing drought was affecting his confidence and ability to take shots as he missed several very good chances in a few games. Hopefully McInerney works with an experienced veteran to learn how to better deal with such things. It’s not unreasonable to expect at least 10 goals from McInerney for next season, especially if the team upgrades the Midfield.

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