This past season, the 23-year-old Hicksville, New York native started 28 MLS regular season matches, which was tied for third on the ’Caps with Jordan Harvey and behind only Matías Laba and David Ousted.
Parker played his high school soccer at Hicksville High School, tallying 25 goals, 8 assists, and being named Gatorade High School Player of the Year in his Senior season in 2011. Parker spent his entire college career at St. John’s University. He made a total of 79 appearances for the Red Storm and tallied four goals and four assists. He also played in the Premier Development League for Long Island Rough Riders.
In addition to MLS play, Parker started three Amway Canadian Championship (ACC) matches, scoring in the second-leg final for the second consecutive year. He also helped the ‘Caps clinch a CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) quarterfinal berth with a perfect 4W-0L-0D record, appearing in three of Vancouver’s four matches.
Parker, who was ranked 18th on the annual MLS 24 under 24 list, has started 56 of 60 appearances in all official competitions for Vancouver during his first two professional seasons.
Earlier this year, Parker received his first two U.S. senior men’s national team call-ups and started the two U.S. U-23 men’s national team matches in their home-and-home Olympic qualifying playoff against Colombia last March.
This is the first offseason training stint abroad for Parker, who will have at least one familiar face in Brighton with Whitecaps FC Homegrown left back Sam Adekugbe there on a season-long loan through June 2017. Brighton are currently second in the Football League Championship, the second-highest division in England, with a 10W-5L-2D record.