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NASL Appoints Director of Operations, Darren McCartney

2011 March 10
by Brian Quarstad

The North American Soccer League announced today that Darren McCartney will be the operational manager for the new league. He will begin serving in his new role with NASL on Monday, March 14th.

McCartney was Operations Manager for the Los Angeles Galaxy during the inaugural Major League Soccer campaign in 1996. Most recently McCartney has served in that same role with Chivas USA.

“We are thrilled to welcome Darren back to South Florida to head up operations for the new NASL”, said Aaron Davidson, Chief Executive Officer of the NASL. “He is exactly what we needed as we look to launch the NASL on the right foot. Darren has seen it all from an operational perspective including major international tournaments and professional teams. He has also managed countless events in many of the most important soccer venues in our region. So this move for him to the league front office is a natural next step in his career.  He will ensure that the league operates at the highest level possible and work closely with all our teams to elevate their operational processes, efficiencies and effectiveness at a local level.”

Darren McCartney

McCartney began his career in professional soccer as the Operations Manager for the Los Angeles Galaxy before moving on to Inter Forever Sports in 1998 where he served as the Director of Operations from 1998 until 2002. At Inter Forever Sports, McCartney oversaw the operations of all CONCACAF Gold Cup and World Cup Qualifying matches. McCartney began working with CONCACAF directly in 2003 where he was responsible for the marketing and coordination of many events, including the 2005 and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Prior to joining Chivas USA in early 2009, McCartney served as Director of Operations for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. He has also recently served as the Marketing Manager of the Florida Turnpike Enterprise. Concurrently, McCartney was involved in planning and execution of several high profile soccer events.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the NASL launch and enthusiastic to be on board at the ground level, contributing to building a successful league, which continues the growth and development of pro soccer in this region,” stated McCartney.

7 Responses
  1. Rabble Rouser permalink
    March 10, 2011

    Former Traffic employee. Good to see this isn’t just Traffic running the league. :rolleyes:

  2. March 10, 2011

    Does that really make a difference in this case? He is also a former MLS employee. I would think both these work experiences would make him more qualified – or am I missing something?

  3. Trevor permalink
    March 10, 2011

    Former Inter Forever (proto-Traffic) or not, he’s got a considerable pedigree. Not sure that the ’96 Galaxy and Chivas USA are necessarily the best feathers to have in your cap, but the guy has extensive work running the Gold Cup, and that’s gotta count for something. I mean, he’s been involved in pro soccer or top level national soccer in the US for 15 years. How many people can say that?

  4. Strikers Return permalink
    March 10, 2011

    I’m really getting tired of all the Traffic haters. What’s to hate? Without Traffic there would be no NASL, no D2, and eight less markets in the country with pro soccer this year. So what’s the problem? The only people who have a right to be mad at Traffic are Miami FC fans who have suffered through their feeble attempts to run a pro soccer team the last few years. Davidson is on record as saying that’s because they didn’t like the direction USL brass had the league moving in.

    Well now they are in the driver’s seat, right where they said they wanted to be. And you know what? Anyone in South Florida can tell you they have done a complete about-face with the handling of this team since the rebrand. It is like night and day. Night. And. Day. But it doesn’t stop there. They backed the Silverbacks financially. They scrambled at the last moment to do the same in Cary when the Wellmans walked out two minutes to midnight.

    I for one agree with BQ and Trevor. Why is it at all relevant to focus on the fact that McCartney was at one time a Traffic employee? It’s not like Davidson had a brother in law who was unemployed and sitting around the house drinking beer and playing online games all day, and said, hey, USSF wants us to have a league office, so you’re the new director of operations. This guy has all the right experience and background to fit this job. It figures that people kept whining about NASL having no league office, and when Davidson finally positions himself to work on that by stepping away from the Strikers, it just meets with the same old Traffic bashing. Rabble Rouser and anyone else thinking to bash Traffic, by all means, go for it. But at least come to the table with something tangible, somethinhg valid to point to and say, Traffic sucks because of ‘XYZ’.

  5. Jim permalink
    March 11, 2011

    I am happy to finally see some progress on hiring for the league office. I wish Mr. McCartney nothing but the best as he works into his new job. I’m sure he’ll be busy as the season is a month away!

    Brian, I am curious – what has been accomplished by the operations consultant NASL hired, Thom Meredith, back in January? I would hope that progress has been made and Mr. McCartney is just another body to help get the work done.

  6. March 11, 2011

    Good question Jim and I tried to hook up with Mr. Davidson this week. We talked but only briefly as our schedules were not coordinating. I’m pretty sure that Meredith is the one setting up interviews and etc… At least that was the plan in early January. I’ll work on getting some of these questions answered soon.

  7. Rabble Rouser permalink
    March 11, 2011

    I never said he was not qualified, just that this is much more of a one-shop operation than people want to admit. Traffic has an end game and it involves player contracts and media agreements in their never-ending pissing contest with SUM and MLS. Don’t be fooled. Division 2 is just a pawn in a turf war they are trying to start because they’ve been beaten.

    So to answer the question, Traffic sucks because they sare setting up Division 2 as a shell game for their own interests. Traffic also sucks because they have hoodwinked the people who hate MLS just because they think it’s cool to hate the big league when Traffic is much more of a self-serving organization than MLS.

    The folks at USL (who have many flaws themselves) saw through them and sold to NuRock. MLS sniffed out the awful credentials of Cooper. Traffic is pissed the can’t do things as well as others so they are trying to create their own empire building on the insecurities of people who think they know how to do soccer better than anyone who is actually doing it well.

    Yes, McCartney has experience in many varied settings, but he’s still coming home because Traffic is trying to get the band back together to right what they perceive are injustices when, in reality, they just aren’t as good as the organizations they have a grudge against.

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