New York City FC permanently acquires Keaton Parks from S.L. Benfica

Parks made 26 appearances for NYCFC in 2019.|Art or Photo Credit: AP

New York City FC announced Wednesday that the Club has acquired midfielder Keaton Parks on a permanent transfer from S.L. Benfica. He joins NYCFC on a multi-year contract. 
The midfielder spent the 2019 season on-loan at NYCFC and made 26 total appearances during his first season in New York. He scored three goals and added three assists across all competitions. 
Parks said: "I'm really excited to be back at New York City FC on a permanent basis. My first season in New York was incredible, and with most of the guys returning, I know 2020 will be an even better year for the Club.
"Since day one, all of the staff and players have treated me like family. NYCFC really feels like home for me and I know it's the right place for me during this stage in my career. Staying with the Club will help my growth as a professional.
"I think I played well in 2019 and earned my spot in the starting eleven, but heading into 2020, I'm ready to fight to keep my place and help push this team forward to bigger things. 
"My goal for this year is simple - I want to win a trophy. We definitely have the talent to win one and that's what I want to do with NYCFC. I'm confident we have the squad to do it." 
The 22 year-old Texas native was an integral member of the NYCFC midfield in 2019 and retaining him was a key goal for the Club in the offseason.
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