Men's Soccer Alumni Report
Jan. 7, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
Michael Parkhurst signs with Bundesliga Side FC Augsburg
By Ives Galarcep
U.S. Men's National Team defender Michael Parkhurst turned heads in Europe with his strong performances in the UEFA Champions League, and the result is the move to a top league that he had been looking for.
Parkhurst has signed with German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on a free transfer, his agent Lyle Yorks confirmed on Wednesday morning.
Parkhurst, 28, spent four seasons with Danish side Nordsjaelland, developing into an outstanding right back after making the transition from centerback. The former New England Revolution standout enjoyed some stellar performances in the UEFA Champions League in the fall, which helped him garner interest from various top leagues in Europe, including Italy and Spain.
He joins an Augsburg side currently battling relegation in the Bundesliga. The club sits 17th in the standings, three points out of a relegation playoff spot.
U.S. Stars to Participate in Benefit Event
By Soccer America
Many U.S. stars of today and yesterday -- including Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm -- have agreed to take part in the "Soccer Night in Newtown," on Monday to support Newtown, Conn., site of last month's tragic school shooting that left 26, students, teachers and staff dead.
Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti, a native of nearby Guilford, Conn., organized the event that will be open to Newtown residents and members of the Newtown Youth Soccer Club.
Newtown families and children will meet players and play in small-sided games at the Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center.
Other players taking part in the event include the San Jose Earthquakes' Marcus Tracy, who grew up in Newtown and whose mother once taught at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and U.S. women's captain Christie Rampone.