HOW ACQUIRED: On loan from S.L. Benfica on Jan 19, 2019. Permanently acquired from Benfica and signed to a multi-year contract on January 8, 2020.
Parks is a young central midfielder that can play as a No. 6 or No. 8. He is a formidable presence in midfield but has the good touch necessary to be a success. After a successful first season in MLS, he will look to continue his development under Ronny Deila.
OUTSIDE MLS: Originally from Plano, Texas, Parks joined Varzim SC in Portugal in 2015 when he turned 18 and then signed for Benfica in 2017. He has since tallied up seven goals and seven assists in his 40+ appearances for Benfica B in the Portuguese second division, and arrived in New York after making six appearances for Benfica's first team.
INTERNATIONAL: The Texas native made his US national team debut in May of 2018, entering as a substitute in a 3-0 victory against Boliva at Philadelphia’s Talen Energy Stadium.