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Crew Rumored to be trading for Michael Parkhurst's rights

The Crew may have found their center back to fill the big hole left by Chad Marshall's departure.


The Crew are set to trade the 4th pick in Thursday's draft plus allocation money to the New England Revolution for the rights to center back Michael Parkhurst according to Ives Galarcep of Goal USA.

Parkhurst was drafted by New England in 2005 and played four years for the Revolution, earning the MLS Defender of the Year award in 2007. He then left on a free transfer to FC Nordsjælland of Denmark at the end of the 2008 season.

During his time at Nordsjælland, Parkhurst helped the team to the Danish Superliga championship during the 2011-12 season. The team also won the Danish Cup twice in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Parkhurst transferred to Bundesliga side FC Augsburg in January 2013. He struggled with injury and only made two league appearances in brief time at the club. He has yet to play this season.

While Parkhurst's club season was a bust, he did make eight appearances for the U.S. National Team in 2013, including a spot on the 2013 Gold Cup roster.

The Crew have been looking for a center back since trading Chad Marshall to the Seattle Sounders in November. Parkhurst, who turns 30 later this month, was an exceptional center back during his time in MLS, but has often played right back during his time with Nordsjælland and Augsburg.