Michael Parkhurst replaces an injured Brad Evans for World Cup Qualifying
Deacon midfielder is one of 34 players named to the preseason watch list
Former Deac has now been called in 13 straight matches
The victory marked the fifth Gold Cup win in USA history
The ex-Deacon will represent the U.S. once again
About Parkhurst... All-America, 2004 Hermann Trophy candidate ... without question, one of the best defenders in the nation ... comes off two outstanding seasons ... one of only three defenders named to the All-ACC teams ... his understanding of the game is second to none.
In 2003... Played in all 20 games for the Demon Deacons ... one of four players to start every match ... might be the most consistent and steady central defender in the entire country ... one of the larger reasons the Deacs surrendered just 16 goals and allowed only 7.25 shots on goal per game ... NSCAA / adidas All-America Second Team ... awarded All-ACC First Team ... named NSCAA / adidas All-South First Team.
In 2002... A second team All-ACC selection as a freshman ... named to the ACC All-Tournament team ... enjoyed an outstanding rookie season in the ACC ... was immediately tossed into the fire on the backline due to numerous injuries at defender ... played and started in all 21 games at central defender ... a major reason for Wake Forest's 11 shutouts, a school record ... anchored a defense that allowed just 3.76 shots on goal per game and 0.59 goals per contest.
Background... Attended Bradenton Soccer Academy in Florida ... an NSCAA All-American ... a member of the National Team Pool in 2000 ... traveled with Bradenton Soccer Academy to Spain, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland and France ... a Dean's List student.
Personal... A history major ... the son of Michael & Marian Parkhurst ... born Jan. 24, 1984 in Providence, R.I. ... chose Wake Forest over Connecticut, St. John's and Brown.
Parkhurst's Career Statistics
Year GP/GS Sh G A Pts GWG 2002 21/21 0 0 0 0 0 2003 20/20 0 0 0 0 0 Total 41/41 0 0 0 0 0