With the U.S. men’s national team going through a reboot following its failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, a Long Island native could be among those vying for a position along the team’s backline.
Hicksville native Tim Parker, who played his college ball at St. John’s University in Queens, is hoping he will get another shot to play for the Red, White and Blue. It’s been nearly two years since the Vancouver Whitecaps defender was active with the national team, spending time in the 2016 January camp with then-head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
But with the next World Cup qualifying cycle off in the distance and the U.S. men in need of a new head coach, it’s quite likely that youth will prevail and new faces will become the norm.
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In a recent interview with MLSSoccer.com, Parker, 24, noted that he was on the preliminary roster for the November 14 friendly with Portugal at a time when the Whitecaps were still alive in the MLS Playoffs. Ultimately, he was left off the roster for the match against the current European champions.
“Being that (Vancouver) lost (in the playoffs), I still had my hopes up,” Parker said of making the U.S. roster. “But it’s just one of those things. You’ve kind of got to wait your time and hopefully your actions on the field, and off the field, can get you there.”
The roster for Dave Sarachan, the team’s acting head coach, includes seven defenders, but only two are younger than Parker — 19-year old Cameron Carter-Vickers and 22-year old Matt Miazga.
During the recent World Cup qualifying cycle, when the U.S. defense struggled and, in the opinion of some, was in need of fresh faces, Parker said he did not hear from then-U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. But, he’s now hopeful that the lines of communication with the national team will reopen again soon.
“They’re trying to bring in a new cycle of guys,” Parker said. “I hope I’m able to contribute in whatever way that they see me contributing in.”