FC Augsburg (Bundesliga)
#18 | Defender
January 24, 1984 (Age: 29)
Providence, Rhode Island
5' 11", 160 lbs (1.8 m, 73 kg)
Parkhurst started his professional soccer career in the MLS with the New England Revolution. The native of Rhode Island was selected 9th by the nearby Revolution in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. Parkhurst went on log 115 games in four season with the Revs including his first professional goal in October of 2007 against Toronto FC scoring on a shot sixty yards out.
Parkhurst would also pick up several distinguished awards during his time with the Revs including the 2006 Defender of the Year Award, 2007 and 2008 Fair Play Award and the MLS Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2006 and then again in 2008.
After the 2008 MLS season, Parkhurst reached a crossroads in his career which resulted in making the leap across the pond to Europe. Parkhurst eventually settled with Danish Club Nordsjślland and signed a three year contract with the Copenhagen team.
Parkhurst became a regular starter upon his arrival at Nordsjślland in the winter of 2009. However, he struggled during the following season and at times lost his place in the lineup. He spent time at right back when the club decided to shift him away from his usual role in the middle. Parkhurst even played defensive midfield in Nordsjślland's triumph in the Danish Cup final -- the club's first ever piece of silverware.
In May of 2011, Parkhurst and Nordsjślland defeated Midtjylland to repeat as Danish Cup champions.
During the 2011-12 season, Parkhurst enjoyed his best season in Denmark as a key part of Nordsjślland's stingy defense that conceded just 22 goals in 33 matches. By the end of the season, the defender had settled in as the right back, helping the team overtake FC Copenhagen down the stretch and lift the title for the first time in the club's history.
Parkhurst and Nordsjślland qualified directly for the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2012-13. The defender was one of the few bright spots for the Danish club, who finished last in a difficult group that included Juventus, Chelsea, and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Parkhurst's contract with Nordsjślland expired at the end of 2012; he moved to FC Augsburg on a free transfer.
Parkhurst holds both an Irish and U.S. passport but is no longer eligible to play for the Irish national team since earning his first cap for the U.S. National Team in a 2007 Gold Cup match versus Trinidad & Tobago.
Parkhurst has since gone on to represent the U.S. National Team at the international level a total of eight times and also was part of the squad that competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Parkhurst was a member of the largely second-choice US team that competed at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad.
His versatility has paved the way for a regular place on the bench under Jurgen Klinsmann.