Red Bulls Acquire Long Island Native Tim Parker

Tim Parker, Whitecaps, MLS
Tim Parker. Photo: Vancouver Whitecaps

The New York Red Bulls have bolstered their backline with the acquisition of defender and Hicksville native Tim Parker from the Vancouver Whitecaps.

In exchange, New York is sending the Whitecaps midfielder Felipe, $500,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) over two years and an international roster spot. The TAM payments will be $225,000 this year and $275,000 in 2019

Parker, 24, was drafted by Vancouver 13th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Parker made 32 MLS appearances in 2017, recording his first MLS goal and assist. He was second in the league with 86 headed clearances and was fifth league-wide with 73 aerials won. The center back led Vancouver in minutes played, touches, and successful passes.

“Tim is an established MLS talent with a lot of the qualities we look for in our defenders,” said Denis Hamlett, Red Bulls Sporting Director. “When we started to evaluate options to bring in a center back, Tim was the ideal candidate for us because of his physical tools, understanding of the game, and presence on the field.”

The Long Island native played four seasons at St. John’s University, leading the Red Storm to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament and the 2011 Big East Title alongside current Red Bull Connor Lade. He has represented the United States internationally through the U-23 age group.

“Tim is the type of defender we look for,” said Jesse Marsch, Red Bulls Head Coach. “His soccer knowledge, athleticism, and one-on-one defending ability are qualities that fit with what we ask of our center backs. I know he is glad to be coming home to New York, and we think he will thrive in our style of play.”

The acquisition of Parker, while now official was first rumored in late February and reported by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.

The Red Bulls open the 2018 MLS Season March 10 at home against the Portland Timbers.