Parks Joins NYCFC On Loan From Benfica

Parks, NYCFC
Keaton Parks. Photo: U.S. Soccer

American Keaton Parks is joining New York City FC on loan from S.L. Benfica for the 2019 Major League Soccer season.

A native of Frisco, Tex., the 21-year old is touted as a versatile central midfielder who can play at the base of midfield or in a more advanced role.

It’s the best decision for me right now,” Parks said of joining New York City. “It’s first division soccer, it’s good competition, it’s a good experience and for me, it’s the best opportunity for me right now.”

He joined Varzim S.C. in Portugal in 2015 when he turned 18 and then signed for Benfica in 2017. Parks has scored seven goals and added seven assists in his 40+ appearances for Benfica B in the Portuguese second division — LigaPro

His success with the reserves led him to make his senior team debut against Vitória in November 2017. He would go on to record six appearances across all competitions for the first-team.

The Texas native returned stateside in May 2018 as he made his U.S. Men’s National Team debut. He came off the bench in the 62nd minute of the 3-0 victory against Bolivia at Philadelphia’s Talen Energy Stadium.

“Keaton is a young and talented player who we are very pleased to add to our squad,” said Claudio Reyna, NYCFC’s Sporting Director. “He’s spent the past few seasons at Benfica and that experience, as well as being an American, will help him make a smooth transition to life in MLS and in New York.

“Keaton is a young American player that can play at a few different spots in the midfield,” said Domènec Torrent, New York City’s head coach. “Keaton is a young American player that can play at a few different spots in the midfield. He can play in the six position, but he can always play further up the field as an eight.”