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REPORT: Keaton Parks to join NYCFC on loan

MLS insiders say the deal for the young American is close to being final

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Finally, some transfer news at last!

According to Sam Stejskal of MLSSoccer.com, New York City FC are “close” to finalizing a deal with Portuguese club Benfica that would bring the 21-year-old Keaton Parks to New York for one year on loan.

Parks — who is from Plano, TX — is one of the USMNT’s most promising young prospect, having made his move to Europe in 2015 where he initially played for Varzim. After a successful spell there, the promising young American then joined Benfica in 2017 where he has since bounced around both their reserve and senior teams. In December of 2017, Parks signed a contract extension the Eagles, keeping him at the club until 2022.

Parks primarily plays as a defensive midfielder, though he has played at both central midfield and even right midfield in the past. To date, he has four appearances with Benfica’s senior team and one with the USMNT.

It’s very possible that NYCFC sees Parks as a potential successor to the now departed Yangel Herrera, though word has come out that manager Domé Torrent is highly favorable of HGP James Sands.

Regardless, this is a big potential move for the Boys in Blue and should it stick. Also, it’s nice to see some of the young Yanks abroad come home, if only for a little while.