Real Name: Tim Parker
HT: 6' 2" WT: 195
Age: 25 (02/23/1993)
Birthplace: Hicksville, NY
Hometown: Hicksville, NY
Parker started all 32 of his regular season appearances, registering his first MLS goal and assist. He was second in MLS with 86 headed clearances (next only to teammate Kendall Waston), and led the team with 2,880 minutes played, 1,567 touches, 960 successful passes, and 73 aerials won (fifth in MLS). He was named the 2017 WFC Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero after also picking up WFC Player of the Month honours in March and May. He also played every minute of the 'Caps MLS Cup Playoffs run, assisting in the Knockout Round victory over San Jose Earthquakes.
Parker placed second on the team among field players in minutes played (2,551), and tied for second in starts (28) and appearances (29) in the regular season. He finished fourth in MLS in clearances (155) and fifth in blocks (23). Parker was ranked 18th on the annual MLS 24 Under 24 list.
Parker started 14 of his 15 regular season appearances as a rookie, helping Whitecaps FC in becoming a top-tier defensive side in MLS. The young centre back made his MLS debut on May 2 in a 0-0 draw against Portland Timbers at Providence Park. The following week, he made his first MLS start, playing the full 90 minutes at right back in a 3-0 win over Philadelphia Union at BC Place. In the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, he started both legs of the Conference Semifinal versus Portland and was named Man of the Match for the second leg.
Parker has been called up to the United States senior men's national team twice - a January 2016 training camp in California that included friendlies versus Iceland and Canada, and an October 2016 friendly versus New Zealand, but has yet to make his first appearance. Previously, he was a member of the United States U-18 men’s national team pool. Parker featured for the US U-23 national team, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at Colombia in the Olympic qualifying playoff in March 2016.
While in high school at Hicksville, Parker was a two-time team captain earning NSCAA All-America and NSCAA All-Region II honours as well as second team ESPN RISE All-American and was the Gatorade New York Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Parker scored the game winner in Nassau County Championship as a game and was named Nassau County Player of the Year.
Timothy Ryan Parker was born in Hicksville, New York. He is the son of Ken and Kathy Parker and has an older brother, Kevin. Parker lists his father as the person he most admires and Osi Umenyiora as his favorite athlete. Parker was majoring in finance while studying at St. John’s University.
Ray Cooney, a husband and proud father of three, is a retired New York City firefighter. While attempting to take a second floor window, back in November 2003, a back draft knocked him from his ladder. His fall landed him in the hospital with extensive back and hip injuries. The injuries he sustained, forced him into retirement. A few surgeries and one titanium hip later, Ray was back to finding new ways to keep his passion for the fire department alive. He joined the Bayport Volunteer Fire Department as a class B volunteer firefighter. Although he cannot fight fires anymore, he stays actively involved with fire prevention programs for the local children of Bayport and the surrounding areas as well as helping with and organizing fundraisers for the local fire department community.
In July of 2010, while recovering from one of his hip surgeries, he decided to use the down time as a chance to pursue his love of television and screenwriting. With help from his nephew, a film student graduate, they wrote their first screen play. Thus, the beginning of Smoke Eater Films. Since then, Ray has created over fifteen screenplays and wrote nine television shows. Ray’s most recent project is, Firehouse Kitchen. Firehouse Kitchen blends two aspects of Ray's life. One it satisfies his love of film and all things fire department and two, it gives him the ability to raise money for the Islip Town Fire Museum and the different burn centers in New York. The Islip Town Fire museum is being built outside of Duck's Stadium in Central Islip, New York. Its main purpose is to bring honor to the fire departments on display in the museum and educate the public on fire prevention and safety.
Ray truly enjoys visiting his fellow firefighters in their "Firehouse Kitchen." Tune into this show each week for delicious recipes, safety tips and stories of heroism.
Each week Retired FDNY FireFighter Ray Cooney, Host of Firehouse Kitchen visits firehouses across the country, sharing recipes and stories of heroism with local Firefighters. Ray has combined his love and passion for food and his fellow firefighters together in this series taking you into the lives of firefighters, their mastery of culinary arts and heroic lifestyle. One of the first ever cooking programs centered around the incredible food creations of the firefighter. With over 2+ million firefighters in America, the result is a brand new form of cooking entertainment. The creators of the show bring great food, fun and fire safety tips to the screen all in support of Friends of Firefighters, & local burn centers.