Carlos Parra

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Carlos Parra
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Parra
Date of birth (1977-02-03) February 3, 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
SC Baltimore Stars
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 MetroStars 6 (0)
1998MLS Pro 40 (loan) 12 (1)
1998–1999 Miami Fusion 25 (0)
1999–2000 New England Revolution 26 (1)
2000MLS Pro 40 (loan) 3 (0)
2000Connecticut Wolves (loan) 2 (0)
2001 Rochester Rhinos 2 (0)
2001–2003 Atlanta Silverbacks 63 (9)
2003 Minnesota Thunder 2 (0)
Total 141 (11)
National team
1997 United States U-20 14 (1)
1998–2000 United States U-23 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos Parra (born February 3, 1977) is a retired American soccer player who was the first player signed by MLS Pro 40. He played professionally as a defender in Major League Soccer and the USL First Division.

Professional career[edit]


In 1997, Parra graduated from Hamden Hall Country Day School where he was a two-time Parade Magazine All American soccer player. On March 1, 1997, Parra became the first player to sign with MLS Project 40.[1] The league assigned him to the MetroStars. He began the 1998 season on loan to MLS Pro 40 in the USISL A-League. On June 5, 1998, the MetroStars traded Parra to the Miami Fusion for Ramiro Corrales.[2] On June 4, 1999 the Fusion sent Parra to the New England Revolution for Tony Kuhn and a second-round pick in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft.[3] The Revolution sent him on loan to MLS Pro 40 and the Connecticut Wolves during the 2000 season.[4][5] On March 20, 2001, the Revolution traded Parra and Imad Baba to the Colorado Rapids for Matt Okoh and the Rapids second round draft pick in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft.[6] On March 26, the Rapids waived Parra.[7] Parra then signed with the Rochester Rhinos of the USL A-League. On June 11, 2001, Parra moved to the Atlanta Silverbacks as part of a three-team trade. As part of the trade deal, the Silverbacks sent Steve Armas to the Minnesota Thunder and the Thunder sent Stoian Mladenov to the Rhinos.[8] On February 10, 2003, Parra signed with the Minnesota Thunder. He played two games, then retired.[9]


In 1997, Parra played two games for the United States men's national under-20 soccer team at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship. From 1998 to 2000, he also played nine times for the United States men's national under-23 soccer team.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Parra Takes Fast Lane To Mls Job
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  4. ^ 2000 MLS Pro 40
  5. ^ 2000 Connecticut Wolves
  6. ^ March 20, 2001 Sports Briefs
  7. ^ Rapids Also Waive Lee, Lukin, Trout, Carroll, And Parra Archived June 13, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Thunder Acquires Midfield Star from Atlanta, Trades Mladenov". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  9. ^ MN Thunder sign Parra