Tim Parker (soccer)

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Tim Parker
Personal information
Full name Timothy Ryan Parker
Date of birth (1993-02-23) February 23, 1993 (age 30)
Place of birth Hicksville, New York, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Position(s) Center-back
Team information
Current team
St. Louis City
Number 26
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2011–2014 St. John's Red Storm 79 (4)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2012 Long Island Rough Riders 7 (0)
2013 Brooklyn Italians 5 (0)
2015–2017 Vancouver Whitecaps 76 (1)
2015Whitecaps FC 2 (loan) 7 (0)
2018–2020 New York Red Bulls 79 (1)
2021–2022 Houston Dynamo 62 (0)
2023– St. Louis City 21 (4)
International career
2011 United States U18
2016 United States U23 1 (0)
2018 United States 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of August 21, 2023
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of June 9, 2018

Timothy Ryan Parker (born February 23, 1993) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a center-back for Major League Soccer club St. Louis City.

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Early career

Parker played his high school soccer at Hicksville High School, serving as team captain for his final two seasons. During his senior season, Parker scored 25 goals and had eight assists, earning him numerous accolades, including being named the 2010–11 Gatorade New York Boys Soccer Player of the Year. [1] [2]

He played four seasons of college soccer at St. John's University. He made a total of 79 appearances for the Red Storm and tallied four goals and four assists. [2] He helped St. John's win the 2011 Big East Conference Men's Soccer Tournament and qualify for the NCAA Tournament from 2011 to 2013. He captained the Red Storm for his senior season. [3] He made the 2011 Big East All-Freshman team, 2012 All-Big East 2nd team , and the 2013 and 2014 All-Big East 1st teams. Parker also made the 2012 and 2013 NSCAA All-Region 1st team and the 2014 NSCAA All-Region 3rd team. [2] [4]

While at St. John's, he also played in the Premier Development League for the Long Island Rough Riders [5] and appeared for the Brooklyn Italians in the National Premier Soccer League in 2013. [6]

Professional career

Vancouver Whitecaps

On January 15, 2015, Parker was selected 13th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by the Vancouver Whitecaps. [7] On March 30, he made his professional debut for Vancouver's USL affiliate club Whitecaps FC 2 in a 4–0 defeat to Seattle Sounders FC 2. [8] Parker made his debut for the Whitecaps first team, as well as MLS debut, on May 2, coming on as a late substitute in a 0–0 draw with Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers. He made his first start for the Whitecaps in their next match, a 3–0 win against the Philadelphia Union. [9] On August 5, he scored in his CONCACAF Champions League debut against Cascadia Cup rivals the Seattle Sounders. [10] [11] Parker made four appearances and scored one goal during the CCL group stage as the Whitecaps finished last in their group. [11] In Canadian Championship play, Parker started all four of Vancouver's matches. On August 26, he scored in the second leg of the final against the Montreal Impact, helping Vancouver win their first championship 4–2 on aggregate. [12] [11] He made 15 appearances in MLS regular season play, helping the Whitecaps finish 2nd in the Western Conference and qualify for the playoffs. [13] [14] Parker was part of a Vancouver defense that allowed 36 goals during the season, tied for the fewest in the league. [14] Vancouver's first opponent in the playoffs was Portland, and despite Parker playing every minute of both legs, the Whitecaps would lose 2–0 on aggregate to the eventual MLS Cup champion Timbers. [9]

Parker and Vancouver opened the 2016 season on March 6 with a 3–2 loss to the Impact. [15] On June 29, 2016, Parker scored in his second straight Canadian Championship final, giving the Whitecaps a 2–0 lead in the match and 2–1 aggregate lead. Vancouver gave up a goal in five minutes into stoppage time to Will Johnson, leveling the aggregate score at 2–2 and giving Toronto FC the win on away goals. [16] Parker ended the 2016 MLS season with 29 appearances. [13] However, it was a poor season for the Whitecaps, finishing 8th in the conference and missing out on the playoffs. [17] In Champions League play, Parker made three appearances in the group stage, helping Vancouver finish top of their group. [11]

The first match of the 2017 season for the Whitecaps came on February 22 in the Champions League knockout stage, a 1–1 draw with the New York Red Bulls in leg 1 of the quarterfinals. Parker played in all 4 of Vancouver's CCL games in 2017, helping the Whitecaps reach the semifinals, where they lost to Tigres 4–1 on aggregate. [11] Vancouver and Parker opened the 2017 MLS season on March 5 with a 0–0 draw against Philadelphia. On May 20, he scored his first career MLS goal in a 2–0 victory against Sporting Kansas City. [18] [19] Parker ended the regular season with 32 appearances, one goal and one assist, helping the Whitecaps finish 3rd in the Western Conference and qualify for the playoffs. [13] [20] In the first round of the playoffs, Parker had an assist as Vancouver defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 5–0. He started both legs of the conference semifinals, a 2–0 aggregate loss to the Seattle Sounders. [18]

New York Red Bulls

“There’s no doubt that he’s changed our backline and changed our team entirely, He’s an unbelievable player, since he's come here we’ve been a rock defensively. To sign a guy like that is unbelievable for us.”

Aaron Long on the impact of Parker on the Red Bulls, October 2018. [21]

On March 2, 2018, Parker was traded to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for Felipe, $500,000 in targeted allocation money (TAM), and a 2018 international roster slot. [22] On March 6, 2018 he made his Red Bulls debut, appearing as a starter in a 2–0 victory in Mexico over Club Tijuana in the CONCACAF Champions League. [23] He made 4 CCL appearances during 2018, helping New York reach the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champions Guadalajara 1–0 on aggregate. [11] He played his first MLS game with the Red Bulls on March 17, a 1–0 loss to Real Salt Lake. [24] On September 30, 2018, Parker scored his first goal for New York in a 2–0 victory over Atlanta United. [25] [24] He ended his first season with the Red Bulls with one goal and two assists in 29 MLS regular season appearances. [13] Parker partnered with fellow center-back Aaron Long to anchor the best defense in MLS, allowing a league low 33 goals and keeping a league leading 15 clean sheets. [26] [21] Parker helped the Red Bulls win the Supporters' Shield with a then record 71 points. [27] Parker played every minute of the playoffs as the Red Bulls reached the conference finals, where they lost 3–1 on aggregate to eventual MLS Cup champions Atlanta United, with Parker scoring New York's goal. [24] Following the 2018 season, Parker signed a new contract with the Red Bulls. [28]

Parker and the Red Bulls opened the 2019 season on February 20 with a 2–0 win over Atlético Pantoja in the CONCACAF Champions League. Parker made four appearances in the Champions League as New York reached the quarterfinals, where they lost to Santos Laguna with an aggregate score of 6–2. [11] He made 31 MLS regular season appearances in 2019, helping the Red Bulls finish 6th in the Eastern Conference and qualify for the playoffs. [13] On October 20, scored in the Red Bulls opening game of the playoffs, however, New York would lose 4–3 to the Philadelphia Union in extra time. [29]

On October 28, 2020, Parker got an assist in the 89th minute to give the Red Bulls a 1–0 win over the New England Revolution, heading a corner kick onto Aaron long, who put the ball into the net. [30] In a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Parker ended the regular season with one assist from 19 appearances (out of a possible 23), helping New York finish 6th in the Eastern Conference and qualify for the playoffs. [13] [31] In the Red Bulls' first playoff game, Parker played the full 90 minutes, but New York lost to eventual MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew 3–2. [30]

Houston Dynamo

On January 19, 2021, Parker was traded to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for $450,000 of General Allocation Money, and a further $600,000 in performance-based incentives. [32] He made his Dynamo debut on April 16, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. [33] On June 23, Parker signed a contract extension with Houston until 2024. [34] Parker played every minute of the season for Houston, making 34 appearances, however the team did not enjoy a successful campaign, finishing last in the Western Conference and failing to qualify for the playoffs. [33] [35] Parker was named co-captain before the season, but actually wore the captain's armband for most of the season due to veteran Boniek García, the primary captain, only starting six games. [34] [36]

Parker made 28 appearances, 26 of them starts, in the 2022 regular season, but Houston missed the playoffs again after finishing 13th in the conference. He also made an appearance in the Open Cup. [37]

St. Louis City SC

On November 11, 2022, Parker was traded to St. Louis City SC ahead of their inaugural season for $500,000 of GAM, with Houston paying a portion of his salary. [38] On February 25, 2023, the opening match of the season, Parker scored the first goal in St. Louis' franchise history against Austin FC, as the match eventually ended in a 2–3 victory for his side. [39]

International career

In January 2016, Parker received his first call-up to the senior United States squad for friendlies against Iceland and Canada. [40] He did not appear in either of the two matches. Two years later, he was called up for a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina. [41] Parker made his senior team debut against Ireland on June 2, 2018. [42]

Career statistics

Club

As of October 10, 2023 [43] [44] [45]
ClubSeasonLeaguePlayoffs [lower-alpha 1] National cup [lower-alpha 2] ContinentalTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 MLS 15020414 [lower-alpha 3] 1252
2016 290313 [lower-alpha 3] 0351
2017 32130104 [lower-alpha 3] 0401
Whitecaps Total76150821111004
Whitecaps FC 2 (loan) 2015 USL 7070
New York Red Bulls 2018 MLS 29141104 [lower-alpha 3] 0382
2019 31011104 [lower-alpha 3] 0371
2020 19010200
Red Bulls Total791622080953
Houston Dynamo 2021 MLS 340340
2022 28010290
Dynamo Total620001000630
St Louis City SC 2023 MLS 2840000284
Career total252611211219129311

International

As of June 10, 2018
National teamYearAppsGoals
United States 201820
Total20

Honors

Vancouver Whitecaps

New York Red Bulls

Individaual

Personal life

Parker was born and raised in Hicksville, New York to Ken and Kathy Parker. He has one older brother, Kevin. He attended Hicksville High School and St. John's University, where he majored in finance. [2] [3] Before committing to soccer, Parker also played lacrosse. [47] [2]

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