Hicksville’s Parker Among MLS 24-Under-24

Tim Parker, Vancouver Whitecaps, 24 Under 24
HIcksville native Tim Parker. Photo: Vancouver Whitecaps

The New York Metropolitan area is well represented on Major League Soccer’s “24 Under 24” list as two members of New York City FC, along with a member of the New York Red Bulls and a Long Island native are part of the squad that highlights young talent throughout the league.

From New York City FC, Jack Harrison comes in at No. 2 on the list, with teammate Ronald Matarrita coming in at No. 13. Representing New York Red Bulls is Sean Davis at No. 22. The list also includes Vancouver Whitecaps defender and Hicksville native Tim Parker who sits at No. 18.

Harrison, 19, is in his first year with NYCFC and has already had a significant impact on a team that features international stars including David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard. Drafted No. 1 by Chicago Fire in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, his rights were then traded to New York City. To date, the England native has three goals and two assists on the season.

Matarrita has enjoyed a strong first season in MLS after four years with Alajuelense in Costa Rica’s Primera Division. The Costa Rican International has helped solidify NYCFC’s defense and had been named to MLS Team of the Week four times so far in 2016.

The Red Bulls’ Davis is a homegrown player from Holmdel, N.J., and has started 11 matches in 2016, having played in a total of 20. He has two goals and three assists. In 2015, Davis made 14 appearances including four starts.

Out west, Hicksville native Parker, 23, has become an integral part of the Whitecaps defense. The 13th overall selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, he has started all but one of his 40 regular season appearances and also scored Vancouver’s first-ever goal in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Parker played his college ball at St. John’s University and during his senior season earned his third NSCAA All-Region selection. During his high school days in Hicksville, he was a two-time team captain earning NSCAA All-America and NSCAA All-Region II honours, was a second team ESPN RISE All-American and was the Gatorade New York Boys Soccer Player of the Year.