Tim Parker isn’t going anywhere.
The Hicksville, N.Y. native signed a multi-year Major League Soccer contract with the Red Bulls, using Targeted Allocation Money, the club announced Wednesday.
Parker was an integral part of the Red Bulls’ run to the Supporters Shield. The center back solidified a backline that allowed 33 goals in 34 regular season games en route to the 2018 Supporters’ Shield with league-record points (71) and wins (22).
The 25-year-old center back was acquired at the beginning of the season in a trade with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He joined the team in Tijuana, where he made his first appearance as a Red Bull in the 2-0 win over Xolos in the Concacaf Champions League. Parker appeared in 38 games across all competitions. He scored his first of two goals as a Red Bull in a 2-0 win over Atlanta Sept. 30 and added two assists.
“We knew when we acquired Tim that he would be a big piece of our team,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said. “Signing him beyond this year was always part of our plan, and we are excited to get this done. Tim is one of the top center backs in MLS and we look forward to continued success in the years to come.”
Parker’s performance secured him a U.S. men’s national team call-up in June, earning his first cap as a substitute against Ireland and his first start days later, when the USMNT faced France before Les Bleus departed for the World Cup.
“Having known Tim for a long time, I’m thrilled for him to be a Red Bull for years to come,” Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas said. “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.”
Parker was taken by the Whitecaps 13th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft after playing four seasons at St. John’s University. He led the Red Storm to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division 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.”