Michael Parkhurst is only one of the few players that will play in the MLS this season after spending several years abroad.
The likes of Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and England international Jermain Defoe will all play in the United States this year as the 2014 World Cup draws closer, but the case of the defender has a specific objective in his mind: to reclaim his place into the USMNT 23-man roster that will feature in Brazil.
While many experts are questioning this wave of talent coming back to MLS – saying the league is not as strong as many European championships – things should work out very well for Parkhurst. After all, he’s not a player who recently appeared on Jurgen Klinsmann’s radar; he opted to come back because he wasn’t getting the playing time he thought he needed in Germany.
Going back from FC Augsburg to Columbus Crew is really a strange move in terms of a long-term picture, but it’s exactly what the defender needs. He has experience already with the USMNT, and now he only needs to show Klinsmann he is still a viable option for either flanks of the defense. Some players might have jumped ahead of him last year due to his lack of playing time, but Parkhurst has enough talent to come back to the team in no time.
And these last four months will be key for him to prove it. If he can perform adequately then the USMNT will have a great player to insert in either flank of the defensive zone.