Tim Parker can now add one more thing to his professional soccer resume.
MLS goal scorer.
With Vancouver holding a slim 1-0 lead, Parker found the back of the net as he nodded in from the top of the six-yard box a set piece kick from Christian Bolaños. Parker also has goals for Vancouver in the Canadian Championship and CONCACAF Champions League.
“It was a relief,” Parker told WhitecapsFC.com. “I’ve come close a numerous amount of times and I think it’s just finally fallen my way. We practiced during the week exposing certain areas of the field. I always made a joke that I scored in finals because that was my record until now. It’s just good to get on the scoresheet in general.”
Parker, a graduate of Hicksville High School who played his college ball at St. John’s University, has been an integral part of the much improved Vancouver defense that is vastly improved from what was the worst defense in the 2016 MLS season.
“He’s been strong. He’s been very professional,” Carl Robinson, Vancouver’s head coach told WhitecapsFC.com about Parker’s effort this season. “We talk about it all the time with our young players. You have to be that. You have to have a discipline off the field. He’s got that, but his performances on it have been very mature.
Robinson also spoke highly of Parker’s efforts during the victory over Kansas City, noting that he told his defender that there were areas that needed to be cleaned up.
“He responded in the right way,” the head coach said. “When you have a dig at players…they go one of two ways and Timmy certainly goes the right way. Another strong performance by him and Kendall [Waston], [the other] defenders and the goalkeeper, but he needs to continue to do it because he’s got aspirations as well.”