BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, January 13, 2014
After leaving MLS in 2008, American defender Michael Parkhurst is set to return to the league after Bundesliga club Augsburg canceled his contract on Monday.
Augsburg general manager Stefan Reuter announced the decision on Monday stating he realized the Parkhurst was fighting for a spot on the U.S World Cup team.
While the New England Revolution still owns his rights in MLS, the club has traded his rights to Columbus for a draft pick. The move is a significant pickup for new head coach Gregg Berhalter who was hired in the off season as the head coach.
"We are excited to be adding a top quality player like Michael to our club," Berhalter said. "He is an elite player that will have an immediate impact both on and off the field. Michael's success in Major League Soccer, combined with his proven experience in Europe and with the U.S. Men's National Team make him a valuable piece for our team."
Parkhurst, who will turn 30 next week, was drafted into MLS in 2005 by New England with the ninth overall pick. He was the MLS rookie of the year in 2005 and won the defender of the year in 2007.