Out of contract defender Tim Parker may not be without a team for long as the New York Red Bulls have offered him a contract according to Kristian Dyer of The Athletic.
Report: Tim Parker Offered a Contract from New York Red Bulls
Parker, who was traded to the Red Bulls from the Vancouver Whitecaps earlier in the season, played a pivotal role in the team’s success and the Harrison club seemed eager to lock him down before he drifted elsewhere in the league or Europe.
According to Dyer the deal will be for multiple years and could be bought down with allocation money. It was reported that Tyler Adams’ transfer fee to Leipzig garnered a three million dollar price tag and the allocation money from that could lead to a way to have Parker on the team without taking a designated player position.
Parker, alongside Aaron Long, played in 29 MLS regular season games and four of their playoff games. Each one was a start. He was a consistent force on the back line despite his one mistake that led to the opening goal against Atlanta United in leg one of the Eastern Conference Final.
Locking in Parker means that the Red Bulls will have their back line solidified for another year and will only need to worry about filling in the back-up positions. Keeping the designated player spot open, if true, will also be a major help as the team may be looking to bolster the offense with another striker or a dynamic winger in the off-season.
It is worth noting that no deal has been confirmed by the player or the club and anything can happen in the negotiation process.
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