Sounders FC defender Jeff Parke earned his first cap with the U.S. men’s national team Wednesday in Panama. The 29-year-old entered the friendly in the 55th minute and helped the 10-man U.S. hold on for a 1-0 win.
Parke replaced forward Chris Wondolowski following a straight red card to defender Geoff Cameron. He made a dangerous mistake in the 86th minute, but Panamanian forward Blas Perez fired wide with an open shot.
After a long wait, Parke received his first call-up to U.S. camp earlier this month. He and Sounders teammates Brad Evans replaced defenders Omar Gonzalez and George John, who were each dealing with club-related moves.
Parke talked to me about his previous frustration on the national-team level back in October. Ancient history, it seems.
Evans entered the game in the 66th minute as a double substitution to earn his sixth cap. He and Jeff Larentowicz came on for Ricardo Clark and goal scorer Graham Zusi, who tallied in the ninth minute.
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