MIAMI, Fla. (June 11, 2012) – FC Edmonton Goalkeeper Lance Parker, who saved four shots including a penalty kick for the "Eddies" in a 1-0 shutout win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Sunday, June 10, has been named North American Soccer League Defensive Player of the Week.
FC Edmonton has started four different ‘keepers this season and each of them have recorded a shutout, the most recent going to Parker on Sunday afternoon.
“We are lucky to have so much talent in one position,” said FCE general manager Tom Leip. “I’m really happy for Lance. He’s fully recovered from his arm injury and he’s playing great for us right now.”
Almost a year ago to the day, in a game against the Carolina RailHawks, Parker went up for a cross and was undercut by then-Carolina striker Etienne Barbara. The 6’4”, 200-lbs ‘keeper landed awkwardly on his right arm and suffered a snapped humerus and a torn tricep tendon. He needed 10 months of recovery, two steel plates and 15 screws to repair the damage.
This season, Parker has played 270 minutes and has a 1.33 GAA. He’s only allowed four goals and has made six saves in games against the San Antonio Scorpions, Atlanta Silverbacks and Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
In the first half of Sunday’s game against the Strikers, Abe Thompson was brought down in the box and was awarded a penalty. Parker, having played with Thompson in Miami, had a good idea of where the shot was going and made the crucial save. The Eddies, down to 10-men, managed to score in the second half and held on to win the game 1-0.
This is Parker’s second Player of the Week award with the Eddies. He won Player of the Week last year in Week 6 of the season.
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