Chivas USA made extensive changes to the team last season, as 17 players made their debut for the club during this period. However, the rollover players have been much less pronounced in this campaign. The club are expected to give debuts only to a handful of players with signing Thomas McNamara being one of them. He was the 20th overall pick during the recent January SuperDraft . Midfielder was one of the problematic areas to the club last season and the new signing has already revealed his ambition to solve this problem.
Chivas USA head coach Wilmer Cabrera said in a recent interview that the player was dealing with the team pretty well, while he does not think that he is far from being considered as a first-team regular. Regarding fitness, Cabrera said that McNamara was looking fit and ready to play. The club finished bottom of the table last season, but they will be hoping for a lot of improvement this time around. Things do not get easy at the start of the season because they will be playing against Chicago Fire in the opening round of the season.
This will be followed by matches against Vancouver Whitecaps and New York Red Bulls in the opening few matches, but the manager is feeling confident.
“I bring versatility. I’m able to play a few different positions and play a similar system in all of them. The good thing is: This is a brand new team this year. Obviously, there’s some returning guys, but as a whole, this a brand new team, and it’s a whole new season. Right now, we’re in first place with everybody else. Once the season starts, we’re going to try to keep it that way,” McNamara said. He has been very confident for a rookie player.