"You can argue that if a coaching change wasn't made, I probably wouldn't have ever played for the national team again," McCarty said. "It's benefited me greatly, obviously. I don't take these opportunities for granted. I almost appreciate it more, I think, than some guys because I'm a little bit older and I don't know how many times these chances will come around again."
"There's no player that's bigger than any club and that's something that I understand full well," he said at the time.