WATCH: McNamara with long-range strike

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Former Clemson standout soccer player Thomas McNamara scored his first goal for New York City FC (53rd minute and his first start) on Saturday in a 2-1 comeback road win against the Philadelphia Union. It was his second career goal (1 with Chivas USA).

The 25-yard strike to the upper right corner of the goal was the #2 play in Sportscenter's Top Plays on Saturday.

It was the first road win in the history of New York City FC.

McNamara's road to New York City FC has had a few twists and turns since he turned pro last season. Chivas USA picked McNamara with the first pick of the 2nd round in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. After the team's contraction, D.C. United selected him in the 2014 MLS Dispersal Draft. McNamara was left unprotected and then picked with the 8th overall pick by New York City FC in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft.

Official Clemson Bio: NSCAA All-American (Second-Team) All-American (Third)
NSCAA All-South (First)
NSCAA Scholar All-South (First)
NSCAA Scholar National Team (First)
First-Team All-ACC
All-ACC Tournament Team
Two-Time ACC Player-of-the-Week, Sept. 10, Oct. 15 National Player-of-the-Week, Sept. 10
College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)
Academic All-America National First-Team
College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)
Academic All-America Region Team
Captain of 2013 Team
Named team’s Most Valuable Player
Named team’s Offensive Player-of-the-Year
Scored four game-winning goals
Lead the Tigers (11-7-3) to the first round of the NCAA Tournament
The four game-winning goals are the most since Dane Richards had seven in the 2005 season.
The 22 points he accumulated in 2013 is also the most for a Tiger since Richards had 31 in 2006. He led the team in goals scored (7) and assists (8)
Scored the game winner against Mercer in Clemson’s first match of the season on August 30 and against Gardner Webb on September 8 in Clemson’s 3-0 victory
Scored the game winner in Clemson’s 2-0 victory over 15th-ranked Virginia on September 6
Also scored the game-winning goal in the UNC-Greensboro match on September 17
Assisted on Kyle Fisher’s goal in Clemson’s 1-1 draw with #15 ranked Wake Forest on October 11
Assisted on Kyle Fisher’s game-winning goal in Clemson’s 2-1 victory over #15 North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament
Fifth in the ACC for most points (22)
Tied for eighth in the league for most goals (7)
Tied for third in the ACC for most assists (8)
Tied for third in the ACC for most game winning goals (4)

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