Hicksville native Tim Parker, 21, was recently selected to join the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, as the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2015 MLS Super Draft.
“It’s like a dream come true. I’ve been playing soccer since I was 2 1/2, the fact that I’m able to play for the rest of my career is something I’m looking forward to,” said Parker. “It’s going to be a new challenge and I’m excited to start this new journey in my life.”
Parker got his start playing with the HIcksville Strikers club team, and played for Hicksville Middle and High Schools.
“The Hicksville club was very supportive when I was growing up,” says Parker. “Even when I stopped playing, people from Hicksville were still supportive.”
After graduating from Hicksville, Parker went on to play for St. John’s. He was picked for the Whitecaps after spending four seasons with the St. John’s University Red Storm of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Big East Conference. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound centre back appeared in 79 of 80 Red Storm matches over the past four seasons, starting all but one of his appearances. Parker finished with four goals, two game-winners, and four assists, while anchoring a back line that posted 30 clean sheets. He also helped lead St. John’s to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2011-2013) and the 2011 Big East Tournament title.
Parker earned Big East honors in each of his four seasons with the Red Storm, including first-team honors as a senior and junior. He was also the program’s first three-time NSCAA All-Region selection since 2004.
Parker, who captained the Red Storm this past season, earned a pair of first-team NSCAA All-Region selections to go along with a third-team nod as a senior. Also of note, the defender led St. John’s in minutes played in two of his four seasons at the school.
Prior to his collegiate career, Parker was named a second team ESPN RISE All-American and was the Gatorade New York Boys Soccer Player of the Year. He was also a member of the United States U-18 men’s national team pool. He is a 2011 graduate of Hicksville High School.