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Tim Parker selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2015 MLS Draft

A Johnnie is headed to the MLS

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After a four year career at St. John's, Tim Parker, a defender from Hicksville, NY, was selected as the 13th overall pick in the 2015 MLS Draft by Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Parker was the first St. John's player ever to be picked in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft and is the highest Red Storm selection since 2004, according to the University's press release.

The 21 year old earned first team Big East honors in each of his four seasons at St. John's and his leadership and poise on the defensive end gave the Johnnies an opportunity to play in three straight NCAA Tournaments from 2011 to 2013. He also helped lead the team to a Big East Tournament Championship in 2011.

Tim Parker was very durable as he started 78 of 80 games for the Red Storm in his four year career and was eventually selected as the captain of the Red Storm during his senior season.

In December, the 6'2, 175 pound defender was invited to the MLS Combine where a total of 55 seniors from Division I soccer selected to show off their talents. The Johnnies have had 11 players invited to the MLS Combine since 2005.

The Whitecaps were looking for depth along the back line and this addition certainly will bring them youth, potential and a player with excellent leadership skills to sure up their defense.

The Whitecaps open up their season on March 7th against Toronto FC.