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Parkhurst's Danish Deal

After four excellent seasons in MLS with the New England Revolution, out-of-contract central defender Michael Parkhurst is off to Denmark. His representatives told the Insider this morning that Nordsjaelland will announce the signing at a news conference Tuesday. The Insider told you exclusively eight days ago that Parkhurst, who turns 25 next month, was in the final stages of negotiations with a Danish club and that the Revs had begun preparing for the 2009 season without him.

Thoughts on Parkhurst's move and New England's loss?

By Steve Goff  |  December 8, 2008; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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My thought is that Joseph and Twellman are burning up to watch other Revs go abroad while their chances were shot down. But Parkhurst was smart not to extend his contract. I won't miss seeing him on the Adidas commercials, where players give sagacious advice like "pick your spot and hit the ball hard."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 8, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Well earned and well deserved.

New England is the Arsenal of MLS. Underpaid, never rewarded, and in the hunt until they are out.

Steve Nicol loves youth (ACC players) and others that will work their butt off on the cheap until it's time to make $$$ that MLS and Mr. Kraft don't want to pay.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | December 8, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

MLS becoming a 'selling league'? I'm OK with.

MLS becoming a selling league to mainly Scandinavian clubs? How is that helping?

Posted by: Kev29 | December 8, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

This is a great opportunity for Parkhurst to further develop as a professional and hopefully increase his chances of seeing more playing time for the USMNT. Nordsjaelland may not be a "big club," but if he can get regular playing time it should be a move that benefits him both as a player and financially. That being said it's a huge blow for New England, but one that they can't say was unanticipated. Whether Gabriel Badilla is the answer or not remains to be seen, but suffice it to say he has some very big shoes to fill.

Posted by: evan_whitney | December 8, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Big loss for NE.

Likely a good financial move for the player, and a decent place to go live. Careers in footie are short so better to go when he can.

Move will do little for Parkhurst's US international hopes. He's a smart player but not physically dominant. I think he may have a decent club career but he will be marginal for the 2010 World Cup and drop off the US radar within the next couple of years

Posted by: oz4dcu | December 8, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

re Kev29 -- this is a giveaway not a sale. MLS as a"selling" league would be smart business, and greatly encourage younger players to join MLS to learn their trade. Losing players this way is plain dumb -- almost as dumb as the league refusing to sell players (like Joseph) when they have transfer value.

Posted by: oz4dcu | December 8, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Reignking | December 8, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Losing players this way is plain dumb -- almost as dumb as the league refusing to sell players (like Joseph) when they have transfer value.

Posted by: oz4dcu | December 8, 2008 11:48 AM

Agreed

Posted by: Kev29 | December 8, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I think the Revs have taken that group as far as it can go. They had to keep some of their core team (Joseph and Twellman), but they can't keep everyone. Plus, being asked to pay a lot of a defender is a challenge in MLS when their are so many young defenders out there.

Posted by: TCompton | December 8, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

MLS becoming a 'selling league'? I'm OK with.

MLS becoming a selling league to mainly Scandinavian clubs? How is that helping?

Posted by: Kev29 | December 8, 2008 11:39 AM
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Being a "selling league" to Scandanavian clubs isn't a big problem. Watching one player after another leave on free transfer is. MLS has to be smarter about transfer values. While the league must respect the opinions of the teams, they have to act in the best interest of the league as well. Every time a club screams, "Oh, don't sell So-and-so: that'll kill us!" doesn't mean the league office has to follow instructions. Otherwise, for every Jozy Altidore, there will be two or three Michael Parkhursts.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | December 8, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Any ideas on salary? I assumed these guys are making northwards of $350k, but can't back that up.

Posted by: JkR- | December 8, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

This sucks.

Too bad the league doesn't can the Beckham rule and add a few hundred thousand to the team salary caps. That might not keep Parkhurst or some others in the league. But it could help prevent MLS from losing mid-level talent to other equally mediocre but more financially rewarding leagues.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 8, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Any ideas on salary? I assumed these guys are making northwards of $350k, but can't back that up.

Posted by: JkR- | December 8, 2008 12:36 PM
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At the time of his transfer, one source estimated Troy Perkins' salary at $170K. Certainly not league max, but double what MLS was paying.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | December 8, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Parkhurst is going to a roughly equivalent league where the language won't be much of an obstacle (most Danes speak at least some English) for a much larger payday than he'd get in MLS. Can't argue with that. It won't do much to get him closer to the national team, since he's only capable of that level of play in a back three, something we don't look like using any time soon (and that's ignoring the fact that even in that formation, I don't see how he is more than an occasional camp call-in and nothing more).

MLS once again loses a player for nothing that they could have sold last season with some value. That's why the Scandinavian clubs keep coming back. They can get high-end players in their league without having to pay them much more than the average player, and there's no fee involved. MLS needs to sell when there's value, not blindly hope that the player's loyalty to the league is strong enough for them to turn down a 300-400% raise.

As for the Revs, it's rebuilding time. They won't be awful, but they will be noticeably worse than this year. Badilla isn't the answer as a replacement, Heaps is on the downside of his career, Joseph and Twellman can't be happy, and Ralston is approaching retirement. Other than the promise of Mansally, Dube, and Nyassi, there isn't much positive happening for them. The saving grace is that the 2 kinds of player they need (defenders and wide men) are the easiest to draft for.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | December 8, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey Goff, don't break your arm patting yourself on the back. You weren't the first to have this story.

Posted by: daplaymaker10 | December 8, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Another big loss for the Revs. That team has been losing players from what had been a very consistent contender - Dempsey I guess the most notable.

I know that the money isn't there yet, but it seems that with just a little more, MLS could at least stop losing players to teams in secondary European leagues.

MLS isn't going to compete any time soon with a million dollar offer from an EPL team, but how much more is necessary to be able to pay the players $100k-200k, which would keep them from running to a lot of European teams?

Posted by: CDRHoek | December 8, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

parkhurst to a club in denmark? yes, it was reported here first.

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 8, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Goff, don't break your arm patting yourself on the back. You weren't the first to have this story.

Posted by: daplaymaker10 | December 8, 2008 2:22 PM

OK - don't be a knob though!

Posted by: Kev29 | December 8, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Right Goff, but where's the credit to No Short Corners about Nordsjaelland? Oh, that's right, you don't give anybody credit for the stories they get. You only pat yourself on the back any little thing you write about(over and over and over).

Posted by: daplaymaker10 | December 8, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Somebody sounds a little jealous.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 8, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Seems like a whiny way to get blog hits...?

Posted by: JkR- | December 8, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Dude needs to go back and check the time stamps. Then he needs to understand what Steve actually wrote on 11/30. Then he needs to look up "rumors," "confirmation," and "don't be a knob."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 8, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I really don't agree with these Scandinavian signings and I think its something MLS needs to address firmly in its next CBA discussion.

The Salary Cap must be increased to keep a player at Parkhurst's level in MLS. I just don't see these Scandinavian leagues as a step up for the players.

If the person is going to leave MLS let it be for a 1st tier (EPL, Series A, La Lega) or top 2nd Tier League at worst (Dutch, French). Outside of these Leagues MLS needs to hold on to native talent and help the level of play improve.

Posted by: dcufan53 | December 8, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

daplaymaker10:

if you'd like to continue your bitter rant, please feel free to reach me directly at goffs@washpost.com or call me at 202-334-6725.

i have your e-mail and IP address on file, if you'd prefer me to contact you first.

let me know

cheers

sg

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 8, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

really don't agree with these Scandinavian signings and I think its something MLS needs to address firmly in its next CBA discussion.

Posted by: dcufan53 | December 8, 2008 3:51 PM

Huh? How will that be addressed in the CBA? Players sign contracts that end -- but an option will automatically vest for MLS if player attempts to sign with a Scandinavian side?

It sucks to lose a player without getting the transfer fee -- but, before we get too deep in criticizing that, I'd like to chime in.

None of us knows anything about league or team finances. It seems to me that the main thing keeping teams from paying higher salaries was not a lack of funds. It was the salary cap. And, the league is getting all these franchise fees -- plus, they've sold Adu, Altidore and Guzan for some real coin in the last year and a half.

The biggest problem the league has is a dearth of talent. If they start selling every decent American player while they're still under contract, there won't be any decent American players left in MLS.

On the other hand, if these teams are really cash-strapped, it would make sense to sell players -- either before the European season starts, or in the MLS offseason (when they might even have more value -- more time left on deal)

Posted by: fischy | December 8, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps, Fox Soccer Channel, GolTV, and Setanta should all start carrying the Scandinavian leagues as all of the best American MLS players are over there.

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | December 8, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Soccer Insider is on fire today!
For blogging I'd say that was pretty punk rock.
Cheers indeed Steve;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | December 8, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. I'd be more interested in watching American players in the Scan leagues than watching A- or J-league roundups on FSC - although those Akira Kurosawa Reds fans are pretty wild.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 8, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Huh - why doesn't one of the channels at least have an "Americans Abroad" highlights show?

Posted by: mobility83 | December 8, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Huh - why doesn't one of the channels at least have an "Americans Abroad" highlights show?

Posted by: mobility83 | December 8, 2008 5:07 PM
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Why would we want to watch clips of people on the bench or in street clothes?

Seriously though, unless they're stars and scoring lots and lots of goals, they are not interesting enough to warrant the production costs. Now, if someone assembled clips and put them on YouTube, and those clips got lots of hits, then one of the channels might take up the idea.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 8, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Now who on earth would have time like that on their hands 270?

Posted by: DadRyan | December 8, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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