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Michael Parkhurst

Soccer

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Position: Defender
Height: 5-11 (1.80 m)
Weight: 155 (70 kg)
Born: January 24, 1984, in Providence, Rhode Island
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
Club: New England Revolution (MLS)

  • In addition to being named the MLS Defender of the Year for 2007, he was also a member of the MLS Best XI
  • On October 20, 2007, he scored his first-ever professional goal in fantastic fashion when he sensationally lobbed the Toronto FC goalkeeper from inside his own half
  • Won his first international medal as a member of the 2007 Gold Cup winning team - he earned his first cap in the tournament as well when he started against Trinidad & Tobago in the group phase

U.S. National Team - 2007: Called in to his first national team camp as a member of the 2007 Gold Cup squad ... Earned his first cap in a start at center back against Trinidad & Tobago ... Finished the Gold Cup having made two appearances for the U.S. team, going the full 90 minutes in each match ... Came on as a second-half substitute against Sweden in January 2008 to earn his third cap.

Professional - 2007: Continued his fine career in MLS, making 25 appearances and scoring one goal for the Revs ... Named MLS Defender of the Year and was part of the MLS Best XI ... Also was commemorated for his sportsmanship with the 2007 Fair Play Award ... Helped the team to a championship in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and helped guide the Revs into the MLS Cup final for the third straight year ... 2006: Followed up his excellent rookie season with an equally solid sophomore campaign in which he made 30 starting appearances for the Revolution ... Again he experienced playoff disappointment when New England was on the losing end of a shootout in the MLS Cup final ... 2005: Drafted ninth overall by the New England Revolution, he went on to make 32 appearances as a rookie, all of them as starts ... Was named MLS Rookie of the Year in 2005 ... Featured in all of New England's playoff games in their run to the final.

College/High School - A standout at Wake Forest, he started every single game during his three-year stint at the college ... Was a three time All-ACC selection

Personal - Was a childhood Revolution fan and even attended the first game in franchise history at old Foxboro Stadium ... Holds dual Irish and American citizenship.

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