VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that centre back Tim Parker has been called up to the U.S. senior men’s national team for Tuesday’s friendly against New Zealand at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (5 p.m. PT on ESPN, UniMas).
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Parker was one of seven additions to Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster after a 2-0 win over Cuba on Friday, with nine players returning to their club teams.
This is Parker’s second call-up to the senior men’s national team. He also participated in a camp early this year, but did not feature in any matches. The 23-year-old did, however, play for the U-23 men’s national team in their home-and-home Olympic qualifying playoff vs. Colombia in March.
The Hicksville, New York native, who Whitecaps FC selected at 13th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, has started 40 of his 42 MLS regular season appearances over the last two seasons. This year, he also helped the ‘Caps clinch a CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final berth with a perfect 4W-0L-0D record, appearing in three of Vancouver’s four matches.
Parker has tallied three goals in all competitions since joining Whitecaps FC in 2015, scoring the club’s first-ever goal in the CONCACAF Champions League last season and finding the back of the net in the 2015 and 2016 Amway Canadian Championship second-leg finals.
UPDATED U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Perry Kitchen (Hearts), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig), Julian Green (Bayern Munich)