Zac MacMath

Zachary Michael MacMath (born August 7, 1991) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper in Major League Soccer.

Zac MacMath
MacMath playing with the Union in 2012
Personal information
Full name Zachary Michael MacMath
Date of birth (1991-08-07) August 7, 1991
Place of birth St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Number 18
Youth career
2006–2008 IMG Soccer Academy
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Maryland Terrapins 65 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Philadelphia Union 103 (0)
2015Colorado Rapids (loan) 3 (0)
2016–2018 Colorado Rapids 28 (0)
2019 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 8 (0)
National team
2006–2007 United States U17 22 (0)
2010–2011 United States U20 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 18, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 5, 2011

Early and personal life

MacMath was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, the son of Marcia and Gary MacMath.[1][2] MacMath is Jewish.[1] His mother is Jewish, his father is Catholic, and he himself practices Judaism.[1][3] He became a Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth El, a Conservative synagogue in St. Petersburg.[1]

He attended St. Petersburg High School as a freshman, and then attended the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Florida.[3] He was a two-time Parade magazine High School All-American soccer goalkeeper.[3]


College and amateur

MacMath attended the University of Maryland, where he was first choice goalkeeper for three seasons, winning numerous individual awards along the way.[4] It was during this time that he had a training stint with English Premier League club Everton.[5] At the end of the 2010 season, MacMath was named to the Jewish Sports Review's All-America team.[6]


MacMath was drafted No. 5 overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Philadelphia Union.[7] MacMath started his first string of games in September 2011 due to the injury of starting keeper Faryd Mondragon. After failing to make the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs, MacMath joined Premier League side Everton for a training stint during the MLS off-season.[8]

In January 2015, MacMath was loaned to Colorado Rapids for the 2015 season.[9]

MacMath's option was declined by Philadelphia at the end of the 2015 MLS season. He was later traded to Colorado in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.[10]

On December 9, 2018, MacMath was traded to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for Nicolás Mezquida and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).[11]

On December 17, 2019, Real Salt Lake acquired MacMath from Vancouver in exchange for $50,000 in TAM in 2020.[12]


MacMath played in the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel, where the American Maccabiah team did not earn a medal.[1]

MacMath led the U.S. U-20 men’s national team to the Milk Cup title, posting a strong performance that helped defeat host Northern Ireland, 3–0, at the Showgrounds in Ballymena, on July 30, 2010. MacMath finished the tournament unbeaten after recording a 1–0 victory over China on July 26. MacMath also participated in both training camps in Florida last December and January.[13]

MacMath along with Union teammate Amobi Okugo were called up to the U-20 squad for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March–April. The Philadelphia Union is the only Major League Soccer team with two players represented.[14] MacMath also trained with the U-23 Olympic squad in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics in two camps prior to qualifying.

Career statistics

As of match played on July 25, 2019.
ClubSeasonMLSPlayoffsOpen CupChampions LeagueTotal
Philadelphia Union2011 80000080
2012 32030350
2013 34020360
2014 29010300
Colorado Rapids (loan)2015302050
Colorado Rapids2016 1702020210
2017 9020110
2018 20102050
Vancouver Whitecaps FC2019 60000060
Career totals140020130201570

    See also


    1. "Two Zachs, One Goal". Jewish Exponent.
    2. "Zac MacMath Bio".
    3. "San DiegoJewish World – San Diego's Online Jewish Newspaper-August 27, 20".
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    6. "2010 Men's All-America Soccer Team (Division I)". Jewish Sports Review. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
    7. "Union go to Maryland well again for MacMath".
    8. "MacMath to train with Everton:Update". November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
    9. "Philadelphia Union loan Zac MacMath Colorado Rapids 2015".
    10. "Union Acquire Second Round Pick From Colorado Rapids". December 11, 2015.
    11. "Whitecaps FC acquire goalkeeper Zac MacMath from Colorado Rapids". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. December 9, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
    12. "RSL Acquires Goalkeeper Zac MacMath from Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Real Salt lake. December 17, 2019. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
    13. "Okugo, MacMath Called Up to U-20 USMNT". Philadelphia Union.
    14. Rongen Finalizes Roster for CONCACAF Under-20 Championship
    15. "Zac MacMath » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
    16. "Z. MacMath". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
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