New York City FC made it official on Wednesday morning that American midfielder Keaton Parks would be returning to the club on a multi-year deal following a successful loan stint with the Blues in 2019. The 22-year-old Texas native joins City permanently from Portuguese giants S.L. Benfica for a currently undisclosed fee.
Parks made 26 appearances for the club in 2019, scoring 3 goals and grabbing 3 assists across all competitions. He started the year under Dome Torrent on the bench and slowly worked his way into the starting eleven, eventually becoming one of the first names on the team sheet by the end of the season. His mixture of size and skill on the ball made him a perfect piece to slide into City’s midfield trio with Alexander Ring and Maxi Moralez.
The signing of Parks was always speculated following his initial departure during roster cuts after the season. Parks will come right back into the City team and most likely continue to start as a part of the Blue’s lethal midfield trio. His signing also helps builds some depth in, what still is, a thin midfield position. The 22-year-old will also be looking to springboard himself back into the U.S National Team picture, which he can do with another strong campaign in 2020.
In the club’s official press release, Sporting Director David Lee said, “Keaton’s potential as a professional is extremely high. Having already made his debut for the U.S. national team, we believe that he has the capability to become a regular at that level if he continues to develop as he’s done throughout his career.” Lee also talked about how he sees Parks as “foundational piece” for the club in 2020 and beyond.
Either way, NYCFC is getting a great player for their squad in the 2020 season. Parks has proven to be a great locker room presence and has talked openly about his love for the club and the city.
Welcome back Keaton, we’re all excited to see what you’ll do for club and country moving forward!