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The Time Is Right For Europe, Says Parkhurst

Former New England Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst, 24, thinks that now is the ideal time for a move to Europe, writes Monique Walker ahead of Tuesday's expected announcement that the player has joined FC Nordsjaelland of Denmark.

"I just felt like with me being the age I am, and being out of contract, that if I ever wanted to try and make it in Europe, this was the time," said Parkhurst. "Now that I'm still young and have the opportunity to do it, I felt like it was something I needed to do to further my career."

Parkhurst is a three-time MLS All-Star, was the league's 2007 Defender of the Year, has twice won its Fair Play award, and has been capped four times by the full U.S. national team, as well as playing at this year's Beijing Olympics. New England coach Steve Nicol admitted that "it's going to be tough to fill his boots, but it's a part of it. We know that guys who do real well always have opportunities elsewhere. It will always be a problem, not just for us, but every team in MLS."

Parkhurst said the move "could be a good stepping stone for me." Revs' Vice President Mike Burns said "it's disappointing to lose a player like Michael, but we thought this would be the way it would play out. They were up front with us from the beginning."

Nordsjaelland is in eighth place in the Danish top-flight Superligaen going into the winter break, with the season resuming in March. Other U.S. players in the league include Danny Califf (Midtjylland), and Benny Feilhaber and Jeremiah White (AGF Aarhus).

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