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Jack McInerney Postgame Interview U.S. Open Quarterfinal

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Ball Circulation & Clinical Finishing Lead to Jack McInerney Winner

Jack McInerney

  • DOB August 5, 1992
  • Age 21
  • Place of birth Chatanooga, Tennessee
  • POSITION Forward
  • HEIGHT 5'10"
  • WEIGHT 151
  • U.S. CAPS 0
  • CLUB Montreal Impact
  • TWITTER @JackMcInerney9 (140K followers)
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 49
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 47
  • Youth Experience U-17, U-20
  • ASN QUESTIONNAIRE Read now
"Jack Mac" 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. He has drawn comparisons to Chicharito along the way. With his cool finishing and propensity for scoring huge late goals, they may actually have some substance.

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 and continued to improve. His excellent 2013 form in MLS led to the Gold Cup call. The American soccer world is watching.

Noteworthy Reads

McInerney Among Next Generation of United States Soccer Stars (MaxPreps.com)
With Nowak Out in Philly, McInerney Finds Way Back to Mix (MLSSoccer.com)
Is Jack McInerney the American Chicharito? (ASN)
AmericanSoccerNow.