MLS great Michael Parkhurst joins possession group of potential Rhode Island USL side

Former MLS and US males’s national team defender Michael Parkhurst has entered the wave of recently-retired professionals investing in American skilled soccer, becoming a member of the possession group of a potential USL Championship team in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Parkhurst, whose MLS career included stops with the New England Revolution, Columbus Crew SC and Atlanta United, is initially from Cranston, a metropolis just south of the state’s capital metropolis of Windfall. Now 37, Parkhurst retired after the 2019 MLS marketing campaign.

“I’m extraordinarily excited to join this possession group and be part of the transformative stadium and actual property growth related to Tidewater Touchdown,” Parkhurst said in a launch. “Brett [Johnson] clearly has a fantastic background in USL and these are thrilling occasions in soccer right here within the US, significantly on the USL level with its development. I’m really happy to be part of this group in Rhode Island the place I grew up, and hopefully we’ll have a number of future Rhode Island natives enjoying for the team as we get going.”

Ought to the USL Championship come to Pawtucket, the team would play at a 7,500-seat soccer particular stadium that’d be the center of a multi-use facility. In February, the stadium’s financing was permitted at $284 million.

Throughout his MLS career, Parkhurst had one goal and six assists in 301 matches. A center back who might additionally play proper back, Parkhurst was chosen out of Wake Forest College and spent 4 seasons (2005-08) with New England. He then played six seasons in Europe with Danish side Nordsjælland and German side FC Augsburg earlier than coming back to MLS.

Whereas with Atlanta United, he memorably captained the side to the 2018 MLS Cup. On the international stage, Parkhurst was capped 25 occasions by the USMNT. As for private awards, he was a six-time MLS All-Star, the 2007 MLS Defender of the 12 months and the 2005 MLS Rookie of the 12 months.

Other than Parkhurst, different outstanding ex-MLS and USMNT players who’re investing in American soccer embrace the next: DaMarcus Beasley (Fort Wayne FC), Landon Donovan (San Diego Loyal SC), Tim Howard (Memphis 901 FC) and Charlie Davies (USL New Hampshire).

“I’m thrilled to welcome Michael Parkhurst as a part of the possession group of USL Rhode Island, as you may’t speak about skilled soccer in Rhode Island with out Michael being a part of the dialog,” Johnson said in a launch. “If I’ve realized something from my seven years in USL, it’s how critical it’s to assemble a world-class possession group and Michael is the proper constructing block for this franchise as we move towards our inaugural season in 2023.”

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