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Michael Parkhurst
Personal information
Date of birth January 24, 1984 (1984-01-24) (age 25)
Place of birth    Providence, RI, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Center back
Club information
Current club Nordsjælland
Number 18
Youth career
2002–2004 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Bradenton Academics
New England Revolution
010 000(2)
115 000(1)
030 000(0)   
National team2
 United States
United States United States Olympic
008 000(0)
005 000(0)[1]

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 15 August 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 12 July, 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Michael Parkhurst (born January 24, 1984 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American soccer player who currently plays center back for Danish team Nordsjælland.


Early years

Parkhurst played college soccer at Wake Forest University for the Demon Deacons from 2002 to 2004, where he started all sixty-two games the team played during his tenure, scoring one goal and registering two assists. Named a second-team All-American as a sophomore and junior, Parkhurst signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS following the 2004 season.



New England Revolution

Parkhurst, who grew up in Rhode Island and played for CLCF Soccer and Bayside United, was in attendance at the inauguaral home game for the New England Revolution, in 1996.[2] Nine years later, on January 14, 2005, he was selected ninth overall in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by his hometown Revolution. He was ever-present for the Revs in his first season and was named MLS Rookie of the Year.

He scored his first career MLS goal on October 20, 2007, in a 2-2 draw between the Revolution and Toronto FC. The goal was scored from sixty yards out, having caught Toronto's keeper Kenny Stamatopoulos off-guard.

Parkhurst won the MLS Defender of the Year Award in 2007, the MLS Fair Play Award in 2007 and 2008 and was also twice named the MLS Humanitarian of the Year in 2006 and 2008.


After his contract with the Revolution expired after the 2008 season, Parkhurst signed with Danish Superliga side Nordsjælland on December 9, 2008, as a free agent.[3][4]


Parkhurst is an Irish-American and thus holds an Irish passport. He had declared that he would be willing to play for the Irish national team if his American ambitions never came to fruition.[2] Parkhurst was called up by the United States national team for the 2007 Gold Cup, and earned his first cap against Trinidad and Tobago on June 9, 2007, thus eliminating any further possibility of playing for the Republic of Ireland.


United States

New England Revolution



External links

Preceded by
Chris Klein
MLS Fair Play Award
2007, 2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bobby Boswell
MLS Defender of the Year
Succeeded by
Chad Marshall


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