October 8, 2016
GETTING THE CALL
Hicksville, N.Y.'s Tim Parker joins USMNT for New Zealand
Vancouver Whitecaps defender and Hicksville, N.Y. native Tim Parker has been called up to the U.S. national team for its friendly against New Zealand on Tuesday night at RFK Stadium in Washington Tuesday.
A two-time first team All-Big East selection and a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region honoree during his playing days with St. John's University, Parker became the first player in Red Storm history selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft when he was taken 13th overall by Vancouver in 2015.
The 23-year-old Parker has gone on to have success with Vancouver the past two seasons, starting 40 of his 42 regular-season MLS appearances, scoring three goals and helping the Whitecaps clinch a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal berth this year with a 4-0-0 record.
He is no stranger to the U.S. national team program, having been called into camp with the senior side earlier this year, although he did not feature in a game. Parker has not been capped yet. He also made appearances for the U.S. Under-23 squad during its home-and-home Olympic qualifying series with Colombia in March.
Parker is third player in St. Johnís history to be pressed into service by U.S. Soccer, joining current Red Bulls defender-midfielder Connor Lade, who was called up in 2013, and 2003 MAC Hermann Trophy winner and current Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert, who was capped in a friendly against Sweden in 2009.