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Dynamo strengthen defense with acquisition of Tim Parker

Parker comes over from the New York Red Bulls in a trade for allocation money.

SOCCER: SEP 19 MLS - FC Cincinnati at New York Red Bulls Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Dynamo fans have been clamoring all offseason for a center back, and today the front office delivered. Houston has traded $300K in General Allocation Money in 2021 and $150K General Allocation Money in 2022 to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for defender Tim Parker. There are also additional performance-based incentives that could make the fee higher.

The 27 year old started his Major League Soccer career with Vancouver before being traded to the Red Bulls in 2018. The New York native leaves his local club having made 79 appearances and scoring 1 goal. Parker has 2 caps for the USMNT, both coming in 2018.

Parker anchored the Red Bulls Supporters Shield winning side in 2018, alongside Aaron Long, and he will surely bring some much needed stability to a Houston back line who has struggled mightily of late.

“Adding Tim Parker addresses our top priority this offseason of strengthening the center of our defense while getting younger, more athletic and bringing a top quality leader into our group,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. “Tim brings a winning mentality on the field and into the locker room every day, and has the characteristics that fit well into our system and style of play.”

Parker joins the Dynamo after three consecutive appearances in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs with the Red Bulls. The defender had 18 starts in 19 appearances in 2020 for New York Red Bull’s and finished with the second most clearances (58) and blocks (10) on the team.

“Tim is a winner, a leader and a fundamental piece for our Club as we build for the upcoming season and our future, both on-and-off the field,” Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos said.