The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team faced wave after wave of Colombia attacks on Friday, and one American defnder proved to be the difference-maker time and time again.
Tim Parker filled in on the U.S. back line for the injured Cameron Carter-Vickers and thwarted numerous chances in the first leg of the pair’s Olympic qualifying playoff series at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla, Colombia. After helping the U.S. earn an important 1-1 road draw, Parker earned SBI Man of the Match honors.
Colombia dominated possession throughout the 90 minutes, but a big reason why Colombia did not score from the run of play is because of Parker, who cleared or stopped multiple dangerous opportunities. Playing next to Chelsea defender Matt Miazga, it was Parker who turned in the best shift for the U.S. back line.
Parker beat out Luis Gil, Emerson Hyndman and Mario Rodriguez for Man of the Match honors.
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