Although the team drafted him with the 29th overall pick in the 2019 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, Tommy McCabe won’t be spending his first professional soccer season with FC Cincinnati.
The MLS expansion side loaned McCabe to North Carolina FC, a USL Championship side based in Cary, N.C., on Friday.
A holding midfielder and a product of Notre Dame, McCabe was Cincinnati’s third selection in the SuperDraft. McCabe signed with Cincinnati earlier this month and had been training and participating in preseason friendlies with the club, seeing time in the midfielder, right back and centerback.
McCabe, 20, a native of South Orange, N.J., spent three seasons at Notre Dame, notching four assists in 61 games. He was twice an All-ACC selection. McCabe has also spent time in United States youth national team camps and played for the Stars and Stripes in the 2015 U-17 World Cup.
“Tommy is a young player coming off a very good collegiate career,” North Carolina FC head coach Dave Sarachan said in a statement. “Cincinnati thought highly of him enough to draft him and I watched him perform at the combine. I thought at that time, he was one of the better combine trialists. We’re very happy to have him be a part of things with us. We think in that position as a holding midfielder, it’s an important spot and he’ll have an opportunity to develop here with our group.”
McCabe is the sixth player NCFC will host on-loan this season, joining Donovan Ewolo, Duval Wapiwo and Yamikani Chester from Czech side MFK Vyškov, Ben Speas from Indy Eleven, and Manny Perez from Celtic FC.