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This Is The Los Angeles Galaxy: Dustin McCarty

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJanuary 19, 2011

This is Part Nine in a list of players that will be joining the Los Angeles Galaxy this season.

Big brothers can be tough acts to follow at times.

There are so many famous brother and sister pairings who play in the same league or play the same sport: from the Weaver and Alomar brothers in baseball, to the Williams sisters and Bryan brothers in tennis, to the Manning, Sharpe and Barber brothers of American football, to the Andrettis of auto racing, to the Sorenstam sisters in golf...the list goes on.

For young Dustin McCarty, older brother Dax already has a head start, playing for FC Dallas and (soon) DC United.

So how will little brother top that? Perhaps making a name for himself as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy will be a start. Like Dax, Dustin McCarty plays as a midfielder, and bolsters some badly-needed depth in that area for the G's.

Mark Dustin McCarty was born on Oct. 12, 1988 in Winter Park, Florida. Winter Park is a suburb of Orlando and is the home of Rollins College, Full Sail University and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, home to the largest collection of Tiffany glass on Earth.

McCarty began his footballing career as a member of the Winter Park High School High School Wildcats. A team captain, McCarty was an all-state selection and a two-time MVP, garnering all-metro, all-Orange County and all-Central Florida honors as a midfielder.

As a youth club player, McCarty played with Central Florida United, earning USYSA/adidas All-America honors in 2006. He also played on the Florida and Region III ODP squads that year and even trained with Dax's former club, FC Dallas.

McCarty spent his freshman season with the Knights as a central midfielder. He was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors, playing in 17 games while starting 15 of them.

However, with just one goal and assist to his credit, McCarty felt that he could not make a strong impact staying local, and so he transferred to Chapel Hill to play for Elmar Bolowich's North Carolina Tar Heels.

As a sophomore, he played in 16 matches, making two starts while seeing the Tar Heels finish runner-up to Maryland in the NCAA College Cup. A fractured hand limited his production to a goal and two assists.

In his junior year, McCarty saw his playing time increase, as he started 16 of the 20 games he played in. He was a presence during the NCAA Tournament run, but was only able to record two goals that season.

Determined to end his playing career with a bang, McCarty started 23 of his 24 games he appeared in. While he was limited to one assist, his speed and ability to dispossess opponents helped propel the Tar Heels to a semifinals finish in last year's NCAA Tournament.

The Los Angeles Galaxy saw Dustin McCarty as an opportunity to add depth on the wing, and so he was selected 34th overall in the 2011 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft.

While Dustin McCarty may not successfully replicate the success his older brother made, he now has a golden opportunity to step out of the shadows and into the limelight of Victoria Street.

Perhaps this McCarty, when given the chance, could go farther and win an MLS Cup for his team. Ah, MLS. It can be a family thing at times.