Atlanta United agrees to terms with Parkhurst

Mike Conti
December 23, 2018 - 10:04 am
Atlanta United defender Michael Parkhurst

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Atlanta United Saturday took a major step toward shoring up its back line for its MLS Cup Title defense by turning to one of its own.

The club solved one of its major questions of the offseason by re-signing defender and team captain Michael Parkhurst.  Terms were not disclosed by the club.

Parkhurst became a free agent on December 9 after the club declined its option on him, but his return to Atlanta United is not a surprise.  The club disclosed immediately that they were trying to bring back the 34 year old American.  The declination of his option assured Atlanta United that Parkhurst could be left exposed in December's expansion draft without fear that he would be required to sign with FC Cincinnati.

“Michael has played an important role for our team over the past two seasons and we’re pleased to have re-signed him,” said Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra. “Since joining the club, he has served as an excellent captain and his experience and leadership is invaluable for our group.” 

Parkhurst was an All Star again in 2018, finished in the top five of the Defender of the Year voting, and narrowly missed selection to the MLS Best XI squad.  He made 32 starts in 34 regular season games in 2018, and has recorded the most appearances and minutes played of anyone over the last two years on Atlanta United.