BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, December 19, 2012
After a successful four year run with Danish champions FC Nordsjaelland, US international Michael Parkhurst is off to Augsburg in Germany.
Parkhurst, 28, will join an Augsburg club who is mired in a relegation fight. They currently sit in last place in the Bundesliga and trail Hoffenheim by three points for a relegation playoff spot.
"The contract is for 2.5 years until June 30, 2015," Augsburg media officer Dominik Schmitz told YA. "It doesn't matter in which league FC Augsburg will play next season."
"We will start training on the second of January."
This is the third professional team for Parkhurst, who began his career in 2005 with New England Revolution after a collegiate career at Wake Forest.
New England selected the Rhode Island native with the ninth overall pick in the 2005 draft and was named MLS defender of the year in 2007.
His successful run at Nordsjalland, where he won two Danish Cups and a Superliga title, saw him undergo a positional switch from central defense to right back. In his tenure in Denmark, the American helped the team earn spots in both the Europa League and the Champions League.
In addition to club play, Michael Parkhurst has been capped 15 times by the US national team and also was a member of the 2008 US Olympic squad.
His most recent cap came in October in a crucial 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala which secured the national team a spot in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.