Player Details


Michael Parkhurst


5' 11"


165 lbs

Date of Birth

1.24.1984 (40)


Providence, RI USA


Career Summary



2016 (Columbus): Parkhurst made 34 appearances (34 starts) for Crew SC in his third season as the club's Captain with two assists and he started every regular-season match. He helped the club keep its first clean sheet of the season at Chicago (March 19) and its second against Houston (April 23). He notched his first assist of his 2016 campaign against Montreal (May 7). He helped Crew SC keep its third clean sheet of the season at Toronto (May 21). He was part of a shutout effort in a start against Montreal (June 18). He made his 200th career MLS regular-season appearance by starting against D.C. United (July 16). He started his 200th career regular-season contest the next week against Orlando (July 23). Parkhurst helped Crew SC keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win at New England (August 20) and was a part of another shutout effort vs. San Jose (August 27). He registered his second assist on the season in a start at New York Red Bulls (October 16). He made two appearances in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as he started at centerback in the 4-0 win over Tampa Bay (June 15) as well as in the Round of 16 match at Chicago (June 28).

2015 (Columbus): Parkhurst made 33 appearances (33 starts) at centerback in his second season as the club’s Captain, recording one assist. He started the season opener against Houston (March 7). He helped the club keep a clean sheet in the home opener versus Toronto FC (March 14) and was part of two additional shutouts at New England (April 11) and vs. Orlando (April 18). Parkhurst made his 50th career start for the club at Montreal (July 11). He reached 15,000 MLS minutes played at Orlando (August 1). The defender registered his first-ever assist in Black & Gold as part of a 5-0 win over D.C. (October 25), the club’s second consecutive shutout. In the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, Parkhurst started all five matches for Crew SC. He did not make an appearance in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

2014 (Columbus): In his first season with Columbus, Parkhurst made 33 appearances -- including 32 starts -- on the backline. He made 30 starts at centerback and two at rightback. He was also awarded the Xbox Individual Fair Play award following the season, becoming the second player to capture the honor three times. He was named captain for the Season Opener against D.C. United (March 8) -- he recorded a full 90 minutes in his Columbus debut. Parkhurst was called-in for U.S. international duty and departed following the club’s match at Seattle (March 29), recording 90 minutes of action for his country in a 2-2 draw in the international friendly against Mexico. He was named to the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 30-man preliminary roster ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and missed the match at Portland (May 17) while on international duty. Following the United States’ final 23-man roster decision, he returned to the club for the match against Chicago (May 24) and made a substitute appearance in the 87th minute. He returned to the starting lineup in the match at Toronto FC (May 31). Parkhurst made his first start of the season at rightback in the 0-0 shutout at D.C. (June 7). He was named to and represented the Black & Gold with a start at the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Portland, the club’s first All-Star since 2010. He made his Crew postseason debut -- and his 15th all-time MLS Cup Playoffs appearance -- in the Black & Gold’s loss to New England (November 1). He started and played all 90 minutes in the second leg at New England (November 9). Parkhurst made two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appearances, including one start. Started at centerback in the 2-1 victory over Indy Eleven (June 17) before entering as a substitute and picking- up a red card for a foul in the Fifth Round loss against Chicago (June 25). 

2013-2014 (Augsburg): Parkhurst did not make an appearance.

2012-2013 (Augsburg): Parkhurst made two appearances after joining the side on December 12, 2012. His Bundesliga debut came on January 20, 2013 in a 3-2 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf.

2012-2013 (F.C. Nordsjælland): In his final season in the Danish Superliga, Parkhurst made 16 appearances and scored two goals. The defender scored a sixth-minute goal in the 6-1 win over Silkeborg (August 11) and then tallied the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win on against AGF (August 19). He also logged a career-high six starts in UEFA Champions League action.

2011-2012 (F.C. Nordsjælland): In his Danish Superliga-winning season, Parkhurst made a Danish career high 30 appearances – all starts – and scored one goal. He recorded his lone strike of the season against Horsens (March 25). He also logged two starts in UEFA Europa League action.

2010-2011 (F.C. Nordsjælland): His second consecutive season of Danish Cup victory, Parkhurst made 22 appearances – including 21 starts – in Danish Superliga play. He also logged two starts in UEFA Europa League action.

2009-2010 (F.C. Nordsjælland): Parkhurst made 23 appearances – all starts – in his second season with F.C. Nordsjælland. He also helped the club secure the Danish Cup.

2008-2009 (F.C. Nordsjælland): After departing the Revolution – and MLS – Parkhurst made 16 appearances – including 15 starts – in his first season in the Danish Superliga. He made his League debut in a start in the 1-1 draw against Vejle (March 1).

2008 (New England Revolution): In his fourth and final season in New England Parkhurst made 28 appearances – all starts – and recorded one assist. The Revs won the 2008 Superliga title, the club’s second overall title.  Parkhurst also received his second consecutive MLS Fair Play award as he was not issued a caution in 2,520 minutes of regular-season action.

2007 (New England Revolution): An MLS Best XI honoree and the 2007 MLS Visa Defender of the Year, Parkhurst also won the 2007 MLS Fair Play Award. He started all 25 games for which he was available and committed just five fouls during the regular-season and went the full season without being cautioned. He scored his first-career MLS goal – on his first-ever MLS shot – at Toronto on Oct. 20 – when he chipped Toronto keeper Kenny Stamatopoulos from behind the midfield line in first-half stoppage time. His goal was one of five finalists for MLS Sierra Mist Goal of the Year. When injuries struck the central midfield, Parkhurst played in the defensive midfield for several games: May 6 vs. Chicago, June 30 at Chivas USA and July 7 vs. Chivas USA. He missed the Revs’ first three games with a dislocated left shoulder, suffered during one of the Revs’ preseason trips, and also missed two Revs games because of National Team duty. He was voted to the MLS All-Star Game “First XI” as one of the top vote-getting defenders, and started against Scottish powerhouse Celtic FC, playing 83 minutes in MLS’ 2-0 victory. Parkhurst started and played all 90 minutes in each of the Revs’ four postseason games on their way to a third-straight appearance in the MLS Cup title game. He anchored the Revs’ defense, which allowed just two goals in the postseason and posted three straight shutouts to begin the playoffs.

2006 (New England Revolution): In his second season, Parkhurst anchored MLS' best defense that allowed just 35 goals in 32 games for a club record 1.09 goals against average. He was honored as MLS' U.S. Soccer Foundation Humanitarian of the Year for his exemplary community involvement. After missing the first two games of the season, he played every minute of the remaining 30 regular-season games and all four postseason contests. Was voted to Soccer America's 2006 MLS Cup Playoffs Best XI as the Revs had a team GAA of 0.64 in their four-game run.

2005 (New England Revolution): Parkhurst won the MLS Gatorade Rookie of the Year award. He played every minute of every Revolution MLS regular-season game (2880) in 2005, making him one of only five MLS players to do so that year. He committed just six fouls in the course of the entire regular season.


At Wake Forest, Parkhurst was a two-time NSCAA Second-Team All-America performer (2003 and 2004) and a 2004 Soccer America first-team performer. A two-time NSCAA All-South Region honoree and a three-time All-ACC selection, he was voted ACC Defender of the Year as a junior. He started every game in which he appeared in his three seasons at Wake Forest (62 games). Parkhurst scored one goal and added two assists during his time as a Demon Deacon, all in his junior season and was a two-time team MVP.


Parkhurst has represented the United States internationally on the senior roster since 2007 and has earned 25 caps with the Stars and Stripes. In 2014, he started in the international friendly against Mexico (April 2) and in the 2014 calendar-opener in the friendly match against Korea Republic (February 1). His National Team debut came in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Trinidad & Tobago on June 9, 2007. He was a member of the squad that took home the 2007 and 2013 Gold Cup as well as the squad that finished runner-up in the 2009 tournament. He also laced-up for the U.S. Olympic Team in the group stage during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.


Parkhurst's rights were traded to Columbus from the New England Revolution on January 12, 2014 in exchange for Columbus’ First Round selection (fourth overall) in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money. He agreed to terms with the Black & Gold immediately following the trade.


Parkhurst is the son of Mike and Marian Parkhurst. He is married to his wife, Sam, and has two children. He enjoys playing with his kids during his free time and his role model is his father. Parkhurst’s favorite types of movies are action movies and comedies, including the “Bourne” series and “Wedding Crashers,” but he’s not a fan of watching the same movie more than once. His favorite musical artists include Jay-Z and Imagine Dragons, but he likes a little bit of everything when it comes to music. His favorite destination he’s traveled to is the island of Aruba and he’d like to visit Australia one day. Parkhurst’s favorite soccer player is FC Dallas defender Stephen Keel and he’s a fan of the Boston Red Sox and his fantasy teams. His favorite soccer memory is walking out to the Champions League theme song at his first UEFA Champions League game with F.C. Nordsjælland in 2012.  Parkhurst has U.S. and Irish passports.