Michael Parkhurst

Brazil or Bust

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The road to Brazil has created a perfect storm for Major League Soccer. United States Men National Team hopefuls are scrambling back to the top-flight domestic league with the promise of a pay raise and guaranteed playing time. And MLS in the last year of a national TV deal; is desperate to piggyback off the projected ratings bump from the first World Cup in their time zone in 20 years.

Despite lack of club playing time, Parkhurst back in USMNT fold and ready to contribute

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica Not long after Brad Evans suffered a calf injury, Michael Parkhurst received a text message.

The words in that message: "We're probably going to bring you in."

Parkhurst was indeed brought in by U.

Parkhurst called in as replacement for injured Evans on USMNT roster

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Help is on the way for the U.S. Men's National Team's problematic right back spot.

U.S. Soccer announced Sunday that Michael Parkhurst has been called in by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as a replacement for Brad Evans, who will miss the Americans' upcoming round of World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico due to a calf injury he sustained in the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday.

Michael Parkhurst signs with Bundesliga side FC Augsburg

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U.S. Men's National Team defender Michael Parkhurst turned heads in Europe with his strong performances in the UEFA Champions League, and the result is the move to a top league that he had been looking for.

Parkhurst has signed with German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on a free transfer, his agent Lyle Yorks confirmed on Wednesday morning.

USMNT: Michael Parkhurst to Augsburg

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Parkhurst gets his shot?

Rumored to be on the move as soon as the transfer window cracked, USMNT senior squad defender Michael Parkhurst is headed from the top of the Danish league to the bottom of the Bundesliga, moving from FC Nordsjælland to FC Augsburg, who are currently going straight fisticuffs in a relegation battle.

Parkhurst: Luiz Adriano “should have left field limping”

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Michael Parkhurst is a pretty mild-mannered guy, but if you bring up the controversial goal scored by Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano against Parkhurst's Nordsjaelland in Champions League play on Nov. 20th, you will hear a different side of Parkhurst.

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Parkhurst In CL Team of the Week

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Former New England Revolution defender and current starting right back at Danish club F.C. Nordsjælland, Michael Parkhurst, was named to the UEFA Champions League Team of the Week for his performance in Nordsjælland's 1-1 home draw with Juventus on Tuesday.

Nordsjælland, the defending champions of the Danish Superliga, were the underdogs against a heavily favored Juventus, the defending champions of Italian Serie A, but took a 51st minute lead through Mikkel Beckmann and held on for a 1-1 draw after Mirko Vucinic's 81st minute equalizer.

Parkhurst named to Champions League Team of the Week

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Michael Parkhurst is on run of fine form, and American soccer fans and pundits are not the only ones taking notice.

Parkhurst was named to the UEFA Champions League Team of the Week for the third round of matches after turning in a solid 90-minute effort in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw with Juventus on Tuesday.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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It might not have been a flashy performance, but Michael Parkhurst may have enjoyed the best outing among the Americans Abroad who played this week, as he went the distance in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw with Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Tuesday.


Who should Klinsmann start vs. Jamaica this time?

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Just two days removed from Friday's disappointing 2-1 loss to Jamaica, Jurgen Klinsmann is left to figure out just which 11 players he can turn to for Tuesday's crucial rematch against the 'Reggae Boyz' in Columbus.

There were few good performances across the board for the Americans, and some that should lead to changes in the lineup.

The Canal Derby

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Hmm. Looks like a 4-4-2 diamond for the USMNT tonight. Not especially feelin' it, still don't understand why this camp roster wasn't larger. Oh well.. enjoy the game, player ratings after at MLSS and Will plans to drop some thoughts tomorrow morning.Rimando; DeLaGarza, Parkhurst, Cameron, Loyd, Zusi, Clark, Jones, Shea, Wondolowski, Bunbury- Greg Seltzer

Panama Vs. United States: Live Gamethread

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The United States is running out of chances to find some solid form before World Cup qualifying starts in summer. Tonight, they take on a Panamanian team they really should beat and they will be returning to the 4-4-2 that Jurgen Klinsmann has seemed so intent on doing away with. Chris Wondolowski will start alongside Teal Bunbury at forward.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Panama?

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With the first friendly of 2012 producing a thrilling, though somewhat disappointing 1-0 victory against Venezuela on Saturday, the U.S. men's national team is now in Panama preparing for the first tough road match for this young group.

Jurgen Klinsmann scheduled this Panama match with the expressed purpose of testing inexperienced players in a hostile environment, and the opponent is one who should provide a tougher test than the one provided by Venezuela.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Venezuela?

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The U.S. men's national team will play its first match of 2012, and an MLS-heavy squad will take the field against Venezuela on Saturday night in Arizona with many players looking to impress Jurgen Klinsmann and work their way into the full senior team mix.

Some familiar faces are back in the mix as Benny Feilhaber and Ricardo Clark are in camp, while Heath Pearce joins them as the only players on the camp roster with more than 30 caps.

USA January Camp Roster

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The USA will hold its annual January training camp for players who are currently in their offseason.

The camp will run Jan 3-26 and training will take place in Phoenix, Carson CA and Panama.

They will finish with 2 games:
-Jan 21 v Venezuela
-Jan 25 at Panama

USA Roster
Bill Hamid - DC United
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire SC
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Geoff Cameron - Houston Dynamo
AJ DeLaGarza - LA Galaxy
Omar Gonzalez - LA Galaxy
George John - FC Dallas
Zach Loyd - FC Dallas
Michael Parkhurst - FC Nordsjaelland
Heath Pearce - CD Chivas USA
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt
Benny Feilhaber - New England Revolution
Jeff Larentowicz - Colorado Rapids
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Teal Bunbury - Sporting Kansas City
CJ Sapong - Sporting Kansas City
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes

Who surprises you the most?


USMNT vs Jamaica Game Thread

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The US returns to World Cup Qualification to take on their toughest Group A rivals Jamaica. It's the first of a doubleheader against the Reggae Boyz with the return leg in 4 days in Columbus. A win in Kingston would be the most important result in group play as it'd put the US in comfortable position to win the group.

USA Roster for Two Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers Against Jamaica

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Here is the USA Roster for the 2 upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica.

Matches + Scores:
-Fri Sep 7
Jamaica v USA
-Fri Sep 11
USA v Jamaica

Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Tim Howard - Everton
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Carlos Bocanegra - Racing Santander
Geoff Cameron - Stoke City
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Maurice Edu - Stoke City
Clarence Goodson - Brondby
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim
Michael Orozco - San Luis
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Joe Corona - Tijuana
Joshua Gatt - Molde
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
Brek Shea - Dallas
Jose Torres - Pachuca
Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
Jozy Altidore - AZ
Terrence Boyd - Rapid Vienna
Clint Dempsey - Tottenham
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna

This is a great looking roster.

My clipboard

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This is not a prediction of who Coach Klinsi will summon for the Jamaica doubleheader in just a couple hours, it's who I would call. G - Howard, GuzanD - Cherundolo, Parkhurst, Goodson, Bocanegra, Lichaj, Castillo D/M -Â Cameron, SpectorM - Edu, Jones, Diskerud, Kljestan, Feilhaber, Dempsey, DavisA - Altidore, Boyd, Wondolowski, Johnson, Shea, Gatt -- A few notes: - Starters in boldface.

Trivia Time on Twitter

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We asked a Trivia question on twitter (@ussoccer) earlier today, seeing if you knew how many members of the delegation have played for the USA against Guatemala?

The answer: 13.

Most of the delegate members played in the 2008 Home and Away matches with Guatemala in the semifinal round of the Last World Cup cycle.

Canada 0-0 United States – Player Ratings – Friendly – 3 June 2012

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Below are player ratings for the United States in their 0-0 draw against Canada on June 3, 2012.

Howard - 7.5 As usual he made all the necessary saves as well as a few great ones

Bocanegra - 6 Didn't have a ton of work to do but was solid in set pieces

Goodson 6 A solid performance that should earn him a start for the next match

Cherundolo 7 Probably the most consistent player for the USA in the last several years

Castillo 5.

Some Soccer News for Mon Feb 27, 2012

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Jozy Altidore had 2 goals on Sunday for AZ - see them both - ONE - and - TWO - courtesy of 101 Great Goals.


A full slate of friendly International matches are on the card for Wednesday this week.

Some Soccer News for Fri Feb 24, 2012

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NBC Sports Network gives us their first live blast of MLS talk last night with Russ Thaler talking preseason with the voice of MLS on NBC Arlo White. (Video)


Chivas de Guadalajara has hired Dutch master Johan Cruyff to try and help turn around their miserable season.

Some Soccer News for Thu Feb 23, 2012

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Brilliant Move of the Day: The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Minnesota Stars have moved their game on May 26th to the 25th so it does not conflict with the USA game on that same date!

Americans Abroad: In Our Defense

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Directing a backline would be fun. If he had one when in USA colors.

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American soccer is probably best known for its goalkeepers.

Onyewu Not Talking

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Snub a reporter, risk a ripping. Oguchi Onyewu learned that lesson this week after his first match as captain for the USMNT in Philadelphia. After a refusing to speak with the media during training camp for the Americans' two October friendlies, Onyewu carried over the policy to the aftermath of the Colombia game in Philadelphia.

USA Roster For Upcoming Games

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Here is the initial USA 20 player roster for friendlies on Oct 9 & 12 against Poland & Colombia. Expect changes due to injuries etc.

Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Tim Howard - Everton
Carlos Bocanegra - St Etienne
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Clarence Goodson - Start
Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa
Oguchi Onyewu - Milan
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland
Heath Pearce - Dallas
Jonathan Spector - West Ham
Alejandro Bedoya - Orebro
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Benny Feilhaber - AGF
Stuart Holden - Bolton
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Jozy Altidore - Villarreal
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Eddie Johnson - Fulham


I have to admit that I am kind of baffled by the selection of only 2 newcomers - Lichaj and Shea - why not more?

USMNT v Mexico

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Here are the line-ups for today's CONCACAF Gold Cup final between the U.S. and Mexico at Giants Stadium. No changes for the home side...Perkins; Heaps, Marshall, Goodson, Pearce; Holden, Beckerman, Pause, Rogers; Arnaud, Ching (capt.)Bench: Busch, Evans, Cooper, Quaranta, Clark, Cronin, Parkhurst Ochoa; J.

USA Lineup vs. Mexico

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The United States starts the final with the same lineup that earned a victory in the previous game against Honduras:

Perkins; Heaps, Marshall, Goodson, Pearce; Holden, Beckerman, Pause, Rogers; Arnaud, Ching (capt.)

- On the bench for the U.S.: Busch, Evans, Cooper, Quaranta, Clark, Cronin, Parkhurst

Landon Donovan

Quick Thoughts on USA v. Antigua

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Ugly. Uninspiring. Worrying.

Granted, the conditions weren't ideal for slick passing soccer and Antigua packed it in for most of the match, but the USMNT did not look sharp or particularly motivated. What they looked was tired, and if the whispering out of camp is to be believed, that falls squarely on Klinsmann and his over-training.

United States 1-4 Brazil – Player Ratings – Friendly – 30 May 2012

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Below are player ratings for the United States in their 4-1 loss against Brazil on May 30, 2012.


Howard 7 Made some key saves and was solid

Cherundolo 6 Had a decent match but didn't have many chances to get forward

Onyewu 4 Looked slow at times and was responsible for the handball on the first goal (questionable call)

Bocanegra 5 Not a great match as he looked a bit slow like Gooch

Johnson 7 He continues to impress and will probably be the starting LB for WCQ

Jones 5.

Some Soccer News for Thu Jan 26, 2011

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James Montague of the New York Times with an article on one of the surprise teams in all of world soccer right now - Ironi Kiryat Shmona in Israel.

Argentine-American Bryan Gerzicich is a key member of the team.


FA Cup Match
-Fri Jan 27
Everton v Fulham - live at 2pm CT on Fox Soccer


The team is done with the annual January training camp.


Recap: Midweek Danish action

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ichael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland pulled to within reach of the league lead with a win over Copenhagen while Conor O'Brien and SonderjyskE were brought back to earth in a blowout loss at Horsens.

Musket Rounds: Milestones, Olympic Loss, American Goals, And More

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Isn't it great how Mondays seem so much sweeter after a win? The New England Revolution are sixth in the East (how bad is that, by the way, that three points bumps us that high in this conference?), the Portland Timbers are vanquished, Shalrie Joseph is the minutes leader, and Matt Reis has made 1000 saves.

Benny Feilhaber

Some Soccer News for Thu Jan 19, 2012

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David Beckham made it official today and signed a new 2 year contract with the LA Galaxy.
-But Beckham is staying with a team that will have at least 2 giant holes to fill this season - central midfielder Juninho returned to Sao Paulo and centerback Omar Gonzalez blew out his knee.

Some Soccer News for Tue Jan 3, 2012

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BREAKING NEWS: Is Oscar Pareja about to become the new head coach of the Colorado Rapids?
-He was a player for the Dallas Burn, and is currently the director of the very successful FC Dallas academy.


This is one man dangling a piece of meat over a pack of ravaging wolves.

The Rest

Parkhurst off to Augsburg

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After a successful four year run with Danish champions FC Nordsjaelland, US international Michael Parkhurst is off to Augsburg in Germany.

I love when they do that.

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A couple weeks back, my Postcard From Europe included a mention that we've seen an unprecedented assist rate for Americans playing in Europe early this season. Today, they notched another four, with three of them coming from wingbacks (Chandler, Johnson & new Superliga assist co-leader Parkhurst).

This is the United States calling, are we reaching Mr. Lichaj?

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All that finger-crossing you did for Fabian Johnson to recover in time for the start of World Cup Qualifying didn't work. Apparently it tweaked Edgar Castillo's hamstring too. Point is, the U.S. is out of regular left backs* less than a day away from kickoff with Antigua and Barbuda. This shouldn't be a huge deal as Parkhurst has played just about every defensive position known to man this

Orange Slices: USA vs. Venezuela Preview

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January is treating TSG like Gio Dos Santos doing the US at the 2011 Gold Cup. Unmercifully. Ouch.

Parkhurst gets his shot?

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The US attempts to break down Venezuela at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona Saturday night 6pm PT.

Plymouth’s Takeover Takes A Worrying Twist

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So near, yet so far. The future of Plymouth Argyle seems likely to be thrown into fresh turmoil if rumours that started circulating late yesterday afternoon regarding an attempt on the part of three former directors of the club to buy the mortgage held over its Home Park ground by Lombard North Central PLC.