Heart of the Game: Watch Keaton Parks meet an NYCFC superfan
Fans are the lifeblood of Major League Soccer. Never was that more apparent than during the challenging 2020 season when many games were played without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020: NYCFC acquired Keaton Parks on a permanent transfer from S.L. Benfica on a multi-year contract after being an integral member of the NYCFC midfield in 2019.
2019: Parks joined NYCFC on loan and had a slow start to the season. After showing consistency in practice, he became a fixture in the midfield and appeared in 22 matches. He scored a brace in the club’s first Lamar Hunt US Open Cup win, scored his lone MLS goal against San Jose, and recorded an assist in a successful debut season.
HOW ACQUIRED: On loan from S.L. Benfica on Jan 19, 2019
Originally from Plano, Texas, Parks joined Varzim S.C. 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—LigaPro.
Keaton’s success with the reserves led him to make his senior team debut against Vitória in November 2017 and he would go on to record six appearances across all competitions for the first-team.
INTERNATIONAL: The Texas native returned stateside in May 2018 as he made his U.S. Men’s National Team debut when he came off the bench in the 62nd minute of the 3-0 victory against Bolivia at Philadelphia’s Talen Energy Stadium.
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