American Exports: Champions League star Parkhurst signs with Bundesliga's Augsburg
AMSTERDAM – Put away your hopes of seeing the band back together, New England Revolution fans. Former star Michael Parkhurst isn't coming home this holiday season.
The free agent FC Nordsjælland defender on Wednesday morning inked a two-and-a-half-year deal to join Bundesliga survivalists Augsburg. Parkhurst, 28, was also pursued by clubs in the EPL, La Liga and Serie A. Parkhurst leaves the Superliga club after a four-year stay that saw him help the club to its first-ever Danish title, in 2012, and back-to-back Danish Cups in 2010 and 2011.
"I would like to make my sporting contribution, so that we achieve our goal of staying up in the second half of the season," he told the club website.
In only their second Bundesliga campaign in club history, Augsburg sit next-to-bottom in the table as the Bundesliga heads into the winter break. But the club, whose history goes back to 1907, enjoys devoted supporters who pack the SGL arena on a regular basis.
"I watched the DfB-Pokal match against Bayern Munich yesterday and was impressed by the great atmosphere despite the defeat," Parkhurst said. "I can't wait to get in that atmosphere myself."
Parkhurst started 118 of his 127 games with Nordsjælland after arriving from the New England Revolution in 2008. This season, he has again impressed at the back for the attack-minded FCN side, leading the league in assists, and putting in several strong performances during FCN's ill-fated Champions League campaign.
The first chance he'll have to suit up for Augsburg will come on January 20, when the side emerges from the winter slumber with a trip to Fortuna Düsseldorf.