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Ex-U.S. defender Parkhurst retiring after season

Atlanta United managed a 3-1 win over the Earthquakes, but Josef Martinez could not keep his record goal streak going. To watch MLS, sign up for ESPN+.

Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst will retire after the season, ending a 15-year career in which he was one of the top defenders in Major League Soccer.

Parkhurst announced his decision Monday before the team trained for a crucial match at New York City FC. Atlanta trails first-place NYCFC by four points in the Eastern Conference with three games left in the regular season.

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Atlanta United re-signs captain Michael Parkhurst to new deal

Michael Parkhurst talks about finally getting his hands on the elusive MLS Cup and Tata Martino's impact on both Atlanta United and MLS.

MLS champion Atlanta United re-signed captain Michael Parkhurst to a new contract on Saturday.

Parkhurst, who started all but two games for Atlanta this season, had become a free agent after leading the Five Stripes to MLS Cup glory in the club's second season of existence.

The new contract is not much of a surprise; Atlanta had said it was already working on a new deal with Parkhurst when it declined his 2019 option earlier this month.

"Michael has played an important role for our team over...

Atlanta United's MLS Cup triumph ends city's long spell of sporting heartbreak

Michael Parkhurst talks about finally getting his hands on the elusive MLS Cup and Tata Martino's impact on both Atlanta United and MLS.

ATLANTA -- Michael Parkhurst had listened to these types of celebrations before. Four times, he'd ended up on the wrong side of MLS Cup finals. Four times, he'd ended up in a room of dejected teammates, listening to other people's joy bouncing down corridors and rushing past.

"I've dreamed of what it would feel like in the locker room with the champagne," Parkhurst said, who lost three consecutive title games with New England and another in Columbus. "I've heard it through the walls."

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Michael Parkhurst '100 percent' for MLS Cup amid ankle injury fears

Relive the highlights of Atlanta United's journey to hosting their first ever MLS Cup final.

MARIETTA, Georgia -- Atlanta United defender Michael Parkhurst says he is "100 percent" ready for Saturday's MLS Cup final against the Portland Timbers, and is suffering no ill effects from the ankle injury he sustained in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship against the New York Red Bulls.

Following a late collision with teammate Leandro Gonzalez Pirez in that match, there were initial fears that Parkhurst might miss out on Saturday's game. But Parkhurst said he is back to full...

Atlanta United are excited about their new home and postseason prospects

Atlanta United plays its first game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday and, in this guest column, club captain Michael Parkhurst explains why the first-year club is so optimistic about its new home and playoff chances.

Walking into our new Mercedes-Benz Stadium home, it was impossible not to look up. The stadium is simply jaw dropping; an amazing site sure to produce some extraordinary experiences for thousands and, eventually, millions of fans.

Two weeks ago we had our first taste...

After weeks of preseason preparation, anticipation is high for Atlanta United

Michael Parkhurst is gearing up for the start of the 2017 MLS season as captain of league newcomers Atlanta United FC. In this guest blog, he talks about the team's preseason preparations and the anticipation surrounding its opening game.

When the MLS season kicks off this weekend, a new era will begin in Atlanta. March 5 will mark the start of what will hopefully be a storied history for a club that, though in the making for almost three years, only recently took the field as a team for its...