Photo: Vincent Carchietta-USA
Tim Parker, one of the cornerstones to MLS's best defense in 2018, got a hefty raise.
The 25-year-old center back, who made
$115,935 in guaranteed compensation in 2018, signed a new three-year contract on Wednesday. His agent, Ron Waxman
that Parker will earn $2,406,000 over the three years -- an average of $802,000 a year. Only five defenders made more than that in 2018, none of them Americans.
After playing his first
three seasons for Vancouver, Parker was traded to the Red Bulls at the start of the 2018 season in anticipation that he'd be out of contract at the end of the year. Parker, who attended St. John's,
started 29 games for the Red Bulls, the 2018 Supporters' Shield champions.
"We knew when we acquired Tim that he would be a big piece of our team," said Red Bulls Sporting Director
. "Signing him beyond this year was always part of our plan, and we are excited to get this done. Tim is one of the top center backs in MLS and we look forward to continued success
in the years to come."
The entire Red Bull backline was terribly underpaid in 2018. Kemar Lawrence
($255,600) and Aaron Long
($73,125) were both Best XI picks while
($88,754) played for Panama at the 2018 World Cup.
NY Red Bulls.
2019 Roster (24 players):
Goalkeepers (3): Evan Louro, Ryan Meara, Luis Robles.
Defenders (6): Kyle Duncan, Connor Lade, Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long,
Michael Amir Murillo, Tim Parker.
Midfielders (11): Vincent Bezecourt, Cristian Casseres Jr., Sean Davis, Derrick Etienne Jr., Andreas Ivan, Kaku, Jean-Christophe Koffi, Ben Mines, Alex
Muyl, Florian Valot, Danny Royer.
Forwards (4): Anatole Abang, Marcus Epps (Philadelphia), Brian White, Bradley Wright-Phillips.