Dax McCarty is pretty much a reporters' dream. He is a good player, a nice guy, a funny guy and, perhaps most importantly for reporters, he's brutally honest.
Since McCarty has arrived with the Chicago Fire he has given his view of how things should be or what's wrong with the team on a regular basis. In this case, he appeared in an MLSsoccer.com video feature with former Fire player Calen Carr. The video is about the Fire's resurgence this season and the All-Star Game coming to Chicago.
With the Fire solidly in a playoff position, even despite the team's current slump, McCarty looked back on his initial feelings about being traded to the Fire after the club had finished last in the league two straight seasons.
"I think saying coming to a club that had been on hard times is putting it lightly," McCarty said to Carr. "You're being very polite.
"It was one of those situations where you think about it and at first you're like, 'Oh, wow this sucks. I'm going to one of the worst teams in the league.' But then you take a step back and you start to have that belief in yourself that like, 'Hey, they traded for me for a reason, if I could come in and help turn this team around, help turn this club back into a winner, that'd be a really cool feeling.' I want to be known as a winner."
General manager Nelson Rodriguez also talks about the club's initiative to put a mini-pitch at Gage Park and the state of the club. Carr then talks with Patrick Stanton from Section 8 about the recent history and, as he put it, "renaissance" of the Fire this year.
The full video, embedded below, is worth a watch for Fire fans.