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- DOB August 5, 1992
- Age 20
- Place of birth Chatanooga, Tennessee
- POSITION Forward
- HEIGHT 5'10"
- WEIGHT 151
- U.S. CAPS 0
- CLUB Philadelphia Union
- TWITTER @JackMcInerney9 (3.93K followers)
- ASN 100 Rank 33
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 57
- Youth Experience U-17, U-20
- ASN QUESTIONNAIRE Read now
Jack McInerney had two and a half MLS seasons under his belt before he turned 20. The quick-thinking striker—a product of Bradenton and a fixture on the United States youth teams—jumped straight from high school to the pros, and his creativity and vision around the net earned him playing time almost immediately.
"Jack Mac," the 2009 NSCAA National Youth Player of the Year, appeared in 16 games during his first season, scoring three goals for the expansion Philadelphia Union. He figured in roughly half the team's games in 2011 but only found the back of the net once. The next season started off poorly, as the Union struggled under Peter Nowak and McInerney fell to the bottom of the depth chart.
"He didn’t tell us how we were playing or what we should do," McInerney told MLSsoccer.com about Nowak. "So I didn’t know much." Nowak was fired, however, and new manager John Hackworth reinserted his young charge. The move rejuvenated the striker, who has responded with a string of impressive performances.
The Union are a deep team, which will have McInerney constantly fighting for time. He's young and raw, but he'll figure into the senior team soon enough if he keeps improving. A January 2013 call, perhaps? It could happen.—NOAH DAVIS
Noteworthy ReadsMcInerney Among Next Generation of United States Soccer Stars (MaxPreps.com)
With Nowak Out in Philly, McInerney Finds Way Back to Mix (MLSSoccer.com)