Michael Parkhurst announces retirement after 15 pro seasons

Atlanta United defender Michael Parkhurst has announced that he will retire at end of the 2019 season.

The 35-year-old American captained Atlanta United in 2018 when it won MLS Cup. It was his fifth trip to the MLS final and his first championship after losses with New England (2005-07) and Columbus (2015).

He has played 15 seasons, 10 in MLS with the Revs, Crew and Atlanta and five in Europe with FC Nordsjælland (Denmark) and Augsburg (Germany).

He started 70 games his first two seasons with Atlanta United but just 14 in 2019 as Miles Robinson has taken over as one of the starting center backs.

Parkhurst named MLS Rookie of the Year in 2005 and Defender of the Year in 2007 with the Revs. He was a six-time MLS All-Star and MLS Best XI selection in 2007. He joined Atlanta United in a trade with Columbus ahead of its first MLS season.

U.S. career. Parkhurst was capped 25 times by the USA and won the Gold Cup match in 2007. He was also a member of the squad that won the 2013 Gold Cup. He was selected to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team as an overage selection.

He will join fellow Americans Nick Rimando, Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasley in retiring at the end of the 2019 MLS season.

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4 comments about "Michael Parkhurst announces retirement after 15 pro seasons".
  1. beautiful game, September 24, 2019 at 11:27 a.m.

    Kudos to Parkhurst...a solid and consistent performer with quality Soccer IQ.

  2. Ben Myers, September 24, 2019 at 12:09 p.m.

    I've always wondered why Parkhurst did not accumulate more caps with USMNT.  He is a superb standup defender, rarely resorting to slide tackles, on his feet and in position.

  3. Ron Frechette replied, September 25, 2019 at 7:41 a.m.

    As a long time season ticket holder for Revs, Mike showed his class on the ball from the start. USMNT coaches/call-ups saw him as not having enough foot speed to play an outside back, and was not tall enough in the middle. Mike's best postion was in a back 3 making sure nothing got through or behind him, cutting out passes and playing the ball foward - not the style the USMNT play. Glad he has some MLS hardware because he earned it.

  4. Shawn Blakeman, September 24, 2019 at 2 p.m.

    Miki is a class act on and off the field. I had the privilege to work with him for two years at IMG. He is without a doubt the most intelligent player that I ever worked with. I wish him and his family continued success in the next phase of their lives. What an amazing career!

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