As is turns out, Jesse Marsch was only off by a few hours.
The New York Red Bulls announced on Friday afternoon they acquired centerback Tim Parker from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for midfielder Felipe, $500,000 in Targeted Allocation Money over two years and an international roster spot for 2018.
The Red Bulls will send Vancouver $225,000 of TAM in 2018 and $275,000 for 2019.
Although Felipe was a linchpin of the Red Bulls midfield, playing almost every minute of his 109 MLS matches over the course of three seasons, the club’s additions of Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra and Marc Rzatkowski lessened the blow of dealing the Brazilian agitator.
Marsch was under the impression the club released a statement about Felipe’s trade when he was held out of the Red Bulls 2-0 win over Olimpia of Honduras in the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 Thursday night. But the coach’s comments postgame seem to indicate Tyler Adams is likely going to fill Felipe’s role.
“We’ve got some new additions in the center of the midfield, some guys we think are going to be really important this year and certainly think Tyler’s next steps are in the middle of the field to really establish himself as a big-time player there,” Marsch said.
Felipe took to Twitter to send a message to the Red Bulls organization about his time in Harrison.
— Felipe Martins (@FeliMartins8) March 2, 2018
In Parker, a 24-year-old native of Hicksville, LI and a former standout at St. John’s University, the Red Bulls get a much-needed stabilizing presence in central defense who should be a perfect partner for 25-year-old Aaron Long.
“Tim is an established MLS talent with a lot of the qualities we look for in our defenders,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “When we started to evaluate options to bring in a centerback, Tim was the ideal candidate for us because of his physical tools, understanding of the game and presence on the field. We are pleased to get him here and look forward to getting him on the field.”
Parker, the 13th overall selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, has been a regular starter in the ‘Caps backline since making his MLS debut in 2015. He has started 79 of the 81 MLS games he’s appeared in during that time.
Parker was reportedly seeking a new contact and requested a trade when he was dissatisfied with Vancouver’s offer.
“Tim is the type of defender we look for,” Marsch said in a statement. “His soccer knowledge, athleticism and one-on-one defending ability are qualities that fit with what we ask of our centerbacks. I know he’s glad to be coming home to New York and we think he will thrive in our style of play.”