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New Signing - Parker Siegfried

Updated: Apr 15, 2021

Not long after Coach Hackworth stated that one or two more signings were likely on the In The House 2.0 podcast, the club has announced the signing of a new goalkeeper!

At 6-foot-1, the 24-year-old Parker Siegfried will join the battle for the starting keeper role after a successful stint as a trialist. Siegfried posted shutout halves in recent closed-door friendlies against FC Cincinnati and Centre College.

“Since arriving, Parker’s been excellent,” said LouCity's head coach and sporting director, John Hackworth. “You can see his quality as goalkeeper, but more importantly the type of person he is. He’s fit in really well. We feel good about this being another quality goalkeeper that will push Chris and Simon.”

“The club has been fantastic since the first day I got here,” Siegfried said. “From the head coach to all of the players, everyone on the staff has made me feel right at home and able to perform right away. So credit to the club and everyone involved with it for making such an easy transition.”

The Ohio native is a product of the Columbus Crew academy and a previous member of the United States’ U-14, U-15, and U-18 squads. Siegfried attend the Ohio State and accumulated quite an impressive list of honors while playing for the buckeyes.

· 2019 Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Academic All-Ohio

· 2019 Big Ten Preseason Honors List

· Ohio State 2019 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner

· Big Ten Preseason Honors (2018)

· 2016 Big Ten All-Freshman Team

· Most Improved Player (2016)

· Three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 13, 2016, Sept 5, 2017, Oct. 10, 2017)

· TopDrawerSoccer Best Freshman XI Second Team (2016)

· Two-time Academic All-Big Ten (2016-17)

· Four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete (2016-17-18-19)

· Academic All-Ohio (2018)

· 18 career shutouts, No. 4 all-time

The Lantern did an excellent piece on him at the end of his collegiate career. In January 2020, he was selected 74th overall in the MLS Superdraft by NYCFC but eventually signed with Tormenta FC in the USL League One. He left Tormenta FC that September and signed with Detroit City FC in the NISA. With Detroit, he secured the National Independent Soccer Association’s fall title. Lou City isn’t too bad of a place for him to end up if he’d like to keep up those winning ways.

Between Hubbard, Lefebvre, and now Siegfried, there is now a lot of depth and competition for the starting role between the sticks. Losing Lundt was a blow, but this level of competition should bring out the best candidate from the group. Both Lefebvre and Siegfried are still very young and have a lot of growth and development ahead of them. Curious to see how this battle will shake out between now and the regular season starting “on or around May 1.”

UPDATE - 04/15/2021

Parker will be getting a bit of MLS exposure to start the 2021 season. It was just announced that he will be joining Sporting KC (the real one, not ex-Swope Park Rangers) on loan. It's expected to be short term, however, even limited exposure can be good for a young player.

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