During the 2018 season, Tim Parker was a vital cog in the New York Red Bulls backline that allowed less than a goal a game while also setting a league record for points (71) and wins (22).
The Hicksville native will be back at Red Bull Arena in 2019 have signed a multi-year contract. The Red Bulls said it used Targeted Allocation Money for the contract. Further specifics of the contract were not disclosed.
Parker, 25, was acquired at the start of the season in a trade with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He appeared in 38 games across all competitions. Parker scored his first of two goals as a Red Bull in a 2-0 win over Atlanta on September 30, and also chipped in two assists.
“Growing up in New York, it was always a dream of mine to be able to play professionally in front of my family and friends,” said Parker. “I’m very thankful to the coaching staff, Denis (Hamlett, Red Bulls Sporting Director) and the club for allowing me to continue doing so. I will continue to work hard for the club so we can strive for more success and ultimately the MLS Cup.”
Parker’s strong 2018 also earned him a call-up with the U.S. Men’s National Team in June. He earned his first cap as a substitute against Ireland and his first start just days later against the eventual World Cup champions France.
“We knew when we acquired Tim that he would be a big piece of our team,” said Denis Hamlett, Red Bulls Sporting Director. “Signing him beyond this year was always part of our plan, and we are excited to get this done. Tim is one of the top center backs in MLS and we look forward to continued success in the years to come.”
The Long Island native was drafted by the Whitecaps 13th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft after playing four seasons at St. John’s University. Parker led the Red Storm to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament and the 2011 Big East Title alongside Red Bulls teammate Connor Lade.