By NICHOLAS MURRAY – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, January 31, 2016
In just over a year, Tim Parker has gone from SuperDraft prospect, to USL loanee, to MLS regular.
On Sunday, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC center back may get the chance to take another step, as the United States takes on Iceland at StubHub Center (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2). One of a number of first-timers called into camp by Jürgen Klinsmann, with an eye on the U.S. U23 team’s upcoming playoff with Colombia for a place at the Rio Olympics, Parker is hoping he has made a strong impression over the course of this January’s training camp.
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“Whether that impression is, this guy should be with our U-23s or this guy has the potential to be with the full team … my goal is to just leave the best impression I can, play to my levels, and hopefully continue to raise my levels throughout this year in Vancouver,” Parker told USSoccer.com.
Parker began his first professional season with Whitecaps FC 2, for which he made seven starts to open the 2015 season. He went on to become an integral figure for the Whitecaps as they finished second in the Western Conference in MLS, which resulted in his call-up to camp.
Now, alongside veterans like Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler and Seattle Sounders FC’s Brad Evans, Parker is looking to get up to speed at the international level.
“Everything gets faster and everything is sharper,” Parker said. “I think sometimes it takes a couple days to figure out … but it’s going pretty well.”With a second contest set for Friday, Feb. 5 against Canada (10:15 p.m. ET, FS1) Parker could also go up against some of his WFC2 teammates with the U.S., with Kianz Froese, Marco Bustos and Sam Adekugbe all earning call-ups for Canada for the contest.