Player Profile: Jeff Parke

George Frey

The highest rated of the defenders is the one who will not be back for 2013.

The Seattle Sounders portion of Jeff Parke's career started later than Hanauer and Schmid wanted it to, but in the end he was one of the two best Expansion Draft picks of the team.

#6 - Jeff Parke (Nickname: Sparkles)
National Affiliation USA Age 30
Years Pro 9 Years Sounder 3
Position Defender Role Center Back
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
34 33 2928 0 1 0.03
Non-League Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
6 6 495 0 2 0.36
Reserve Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
2 2 180 0 0 0.0
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Team
Rank
Net Shot Rate Team
Rank
Net Duel Rate Team
Rank
43.2 22nd 0.28 12th 2.43 2nd

Parke earned his first call to the United States National team after a good 2011. It took injuries and was "just" the January camp. He then lost his starting role on the Sounders. When he won it back he did not play at his 2011 level, but rose up to become somewhere around the 5th to 10th best centerbacks in the league.

Skills on offense: Parke was the most likely of the defenders to boot it long. His lack of comfort under pressure meant that he would rather have a 50/50 situation further up the pitch than a mistake in a threatening space. But there were times, every 5th match or so, when he wasn't under pressure and instead he would dribble, and dribble and dribble and all of the sudden Parke would have taken the ball over the centerline. He is not a large threat on set-pieces, but is often marked by one of the large men of the opposition.

Skills on defense: There are bigger defenders in MLS. There are faster defenders in MLS, not many, but some. There are more aggressive defenders in MLS. Parke has just enough of all of that, but what makes him stand out is his ability to read the game. Like an American football corner he will often bait the other team into passing to his man just so he can take the ball. He is positionally strong, a good man-on defender and was the leader of the backline that did well as a unit in 2012. He does not get beat on set-plays.

Best Case in 2013: Parke could be an All-Star if paired with Valdes and Philly gets a capable performance from their keeper. He will likely be on the bubble again though.

2012 Player Profiles
5 ?? 6 Jeff Parke
7 Brad Evans 8 Christian Tiffert
9 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 10 Leo Gonzalez
11 Adam Johansson 12 David Estrada
13 Zach Scott 14 Patrick Ianni
15 Andy Rose 16 Marc Burch
17 Alex Caskey 18 Mario Martinez
19 Steve Zakuani 20 Sammy Ochoa
21 Alvaro Fernandez 22 Servando Carrasco
23 Cordell Cato 24 Roger Levesque
25 Bryan Meredith 26 Mike Seamon
27 Marcus Hahnemann 28 Andrew Weber
29 Josh Ford 30 Christian Sivebaek
31 Andrew Duran 32 Daniel Steres
33 Michael Tetteh 34 Babayele Sodade
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