Red Bulls, Parker agree to new contract

The New York Red Bulls have announced they have come to a new agreement with centerback stalwart Tim Parker.

Originally scooped by Ives Galarcep as a three-year deal, the team stated the “multi-year” agreement required Targeted Allocation Money to seal the deal. This means Parker’s annual salary is north of the maximum budget charge allocated to MLS players. The team used TAM to get Parker back under the designated player limit.

Parker, 25, joined the Red Bulls on March 2nd in a deal that sent Felipe Martins, $500,000 TAM and an international roster spot to the Vancouver Whitecaps. He made an immediate impact as his first appearance as a Red Bull was in the 2-0 win over Xolos in the CONCACAF Champions League four days later.

He appeared in 38 games across all competitions, notching two goals and two assists during the season. His biggest accolade was that he and MLS Defender of the Year, Aaron Long led the Red Bulls to a league-low goals allowed, 33.

“Having known Tim for a long time, I’m thrilled for him to be a Red Bull for years to come,” said Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas. “I’m equally excited for our team and organization that we have solidified the middle of our defense. It’s clear that Tim changed our backline this season and was a big part of us being the best defensive team in the league.” 

The Vancouver Whitecaps drafted the Long Island native 13th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft after playing four seasons at St. John’s University. Parker led the Red Storm to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament and the 2011 Big East Title alongside Red Bulls teammate Connor Lade. 

“Growing up in New York, it was always a dream of mine to be able to play professionally in front of my family and friends,” said Parker. “I’m very thankful to the coaching staff, Denis and the club for allowing me to continue doing so. I will continue to work hard for the club so we can strive for more success and ultimately the MLS Cup. Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way, I’m looking forward to getting to work.”

On the international front, Parker was called into Dave Sarachan’s January camp, but did not appear during the Bosnia & Herzegovina match. He made his debut over the summer against Ireland, following it up with a full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with World Cup winners, France.

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