Michael Parkhurst

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Michael Parkhurst
Personal information
Full name Michael Parkhurst
Date of birth (1984-01-24) 24 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew
Number 4
Youth career
2002–2004 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Bradenton Academics 10 (2)
2005–2008 New England Revolution 115 (1)
2008–2012 Nordsjælland 106 (3)
2013–2014 FC Augsburg 2 (0)
2014– Columbus Crew 16 (0)
National team
2008 United States U23 5 (0)
2007– United States 25 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 6, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 3, 2014

Michael Finlay Parkhurst (born 24 January 1984) is an American soccer player. He plays as a centerback for the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer. The 2005 MLS Rookie of the Year and 2007 MLS Defender of the Year Award, he is capable of playing both centerback and rightback. Parkhurst has played for the United States men's national team, including being a member of two CONCACAF Gold Cup squads and participating in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Youth and college[edit]

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Parkhurst attended the Bradenton Soccer Academy in Florida.[1] He played college soccer at Wake Forest University for the Demon Deacons from 2002 to 2004, where he started all sixty-two games the team played during his tenure, scoring one goal and registering two assists. Parkhurst was named a second-team All-American as a sophomore and junior and graduated from the university with a degree in history.[2] He then signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS following the 2004 season.

Professional career[edit]

New England Revolution[edit]

Parkhurst, who grew up in Rhode Island and played for CLCF Soccer and Bayside United, was in attendance at the inaugural home game for the New England Revolution, in 1996.[3] Nine years later, on January 14, 2005, he was selected ninth overall in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by his hometown Revolution. He was ever-present for the Revs in his first season and was named MLS Rookie of the Year.

He scored his first career MLS goal on October 20, 2007, in a 2–2 draw between the Revolution and Toronto FC. The goal was scored from sixty yards out, having caught Toronto's keeper Kenny Stamatopoulos off-guard.

Parkhurst won the MLS Defender of the Year Award in 2007, the MLS Fair Play Award in 2007 and 2008 and was also twice named the MLS Humanitarian of the Year in 2006 and 2008.

F.C. Nordsjælland[edit]

After his contract with the Revolution expired after the 2008 season, Parkhurst signed a three-year contract with Danish Superliga side Nordsjælland on December 9, 2008, as a free agent.[4][5] March 1, 2009, Parkhurst made his FCN league debut in a 1–1 away draw against Vejle.

2009–10 season, with the arrival of Andreas Bjelland and injury to Henrik Kildentoft, Parkhurst was inserted in to a variety of new positions, including full back and centre midfielder, becoming adept at playing at right back.[6] Parkhurst would help the Wild Tigers to win the Danish Cup, the club's first silverware in their history, and his first trophy in Denmark.

The following season, Parkhurst was hampered by numerous injury set backs throughout the campaign, eventually losing his place to Jores Okore.[7][8] He would make his return in time for Nordsjælland's Danish Cup final, winning the cup with a 3–2 victory over F.C. Midtjylland, lifting the trophy for the second consecutive year.

With less than a year remaining on his contract, there was speculation on Michael Parkhurst's future at FCN at the start of the 2011–12 season, with the emergence of Bjelland and Okore's partnership in central defense, Parkhurst was forced to play out of position, often at right back.[9][10] Helping the club to their best ever start to a season, ending the winter break in December 2011 at a club record second in the league, Parkhurst put rumors to rest when he signed a one year contract extension with F.C. Nordsjælland, despite financially better offers from other clubs.[11][12] Michael Parkhust later this season helped F.C. Nordsjælland win the Danish Superliga for the first time in club history, securing the team automatic qualification for 2012–13 season's Champions League group stage.

Augsburg[edit]

On 19 December 2012, it was announced that Parkhurst joined FC Augsburg on a free transfer. The struggling Bundesliga side finished 15th for the 2012–13 season.[13] He played his first competitive match in Germany on February 10, 2013 – a 1–1 draw at home against 1. FSV Mainz 05.

Columbus Crew[edit]

The rights to Parkhurst were traded to the Crew from the New England Revolution on January 12, 2014 in exchange for the Crew’s First Round selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money. Parkhurst has made nine appearances, all starts at centerback, and was named captain for the Season Opener against D.C. United on March 8, 2014.

International career[edit]

Parkhurst is an Irish-American and thus holds an Irish passport. He had declared that he would be willing to play for the Irish national team if his American ambitions never came to fruition.[3] Parkhurst was called up by the United States national team for the 2007 Gold Cup, and the 2013 Gold Cup. He earned his first cap against Trinidad and Tobago on June 9, 2007, thus eliminating any further possibility of playing for the Republic of Ireland. He's been included in many friendlies for the US under Jurgen Klinsmann. He was included on Klinsmann's 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of May 27, 2014
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2005 New England Revolution Major League Soccer 32 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 36 0
2006 30 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 36 0
2007 25 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 32 1
2008 28 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 30 0
Denmark League Danish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 F.C. Nordsjælland Superliga 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2009–10 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
2010–11 21 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 25 0
2011–12 30 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 34 1
2012–13 16 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 22 2
Germany League DFB-Pokal League Cup Europe Total
2012–13 FC Augsburg Bundesliga 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2014 Columbus Crew Major League Soccer 11 0 0 0 - - - - 11 0
Total USA 126 1 5 0 14 0 0 0 145 1
Denmark 106 3 4 0 0 0 10 0 108 3
Germany 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 222 4 9 0 14 0 10 0 255 4

International[edit]

As of January 13, 2014.
National team Year Apps Goals
United States
2007 2 0
2008 2 0
2009 4 0
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
2012 6 0
2013 8 0
Total 23 0

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

New England Revolution
F.C. Nordsjælland

International[edit]

United States

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Parkhurst". wakeforestsports.cstv.com. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Rogers, Martin (January 7, 2008). "Parkhurst shows commitment to Team USA". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Dell'Apa, Frank (April 8, 2005). "The Future is Now". The Boston Globe (Providence, Rhode Island). 
  4. ^ McCarthy, Kyle (December 9, 2008). "Michael Parkhurst will move on to Denmark". The Boston Herald. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  5. ^ "FCN henter amerikansk landsholdsspiller" (in Danish). FC Nordsjælland. December 9, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2008. 
  6. ^ Horn, Jakob (January 21, 2010). "Kildentoft har savnet en konkurrent" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ Houlind, Søren (August 31, 2010). "FCN-stopper tilbage om tre uger" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ Jørgensen, Jakob Stig (April 4, 2011). "Parkhurst ude i fire uger" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ Anker-Møller, Kristian (May 31, 2011). "Parkhurst tager efteråret i FCN" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ Helmin, Jesper (October 24, 2011). "Hjulmand: Parkhurst har været outstanding" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ Blond, Mikael (November 15, 2011). "Parkhurst har fravalgt bedre tilbud" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  12. ^ Houlind, Søren (November 20, 2011). "Parkhurst har det godt i toppen" (in Danish). Bold.dk. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  13. ^ Galarcep, Ives (December 19, 2012). "Michael Parkhurst signs with Bundesliga side FC Augsburg". soccerbyives.net. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Chris Klein
MLS Fair Play Award
2007, 2008
Succeeded by
Steve Ralston
Preceded by
Bobby Boswell
MLS Defender of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Chad Marshall