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first_imgTransfers Texas-native Parks signs new Benfica deal Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 04:51 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Keaton Parks Benfica Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images Transfers Benfica Benfica II Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Weeks after making his first team debut with the Portuguese giants, the 20-year-old midfielder signed a deal to keep him at the club until 2022 American youngster Keaton Parks has signed a new deal at Benfica to keep him at the club until 2022, the Portuguese giants announced Wednesday.The 20-year-old Texas native joined Benfica during the summer and has played the majority of the season with the club’s B side. However he made his first team debut last month, coming on in a Taca de Portugal match against Vitoria Setubal.The midfielder has yet to make an appearance in the Portuguese Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Watch MLS live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)“I feel great. I’m very excited to start a new journey at Benfica — continue my journey with Benfica — and get my chance in the A team and in the B team as I move forward,” Keaton Parks told BenficaTV.Keaton Parks renova até 2022! Sabe tudo no Site Oficial: https://t.co/8QfnfFPh19 pic.twitter.com/4kRZrk2R6l— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) December 6, 2017Parks left the United States after high school and joined Portuguese second-division side Varzim last season. He played in 10 games in the second-division last year, scoring two goals, before leaving to join Benfica this past summer.“It was a new team. I didn’t have a lot of expectations, I didn’t know what to expect. But it has been an amazing experience playing with the B team and getting my opportunity with the A team as well. It’s been great — training with them every day, playing in the games on the weekend — it’s has been good,” Parks said.With the B side this year, Parks has made 11 appearances and also scored two goals.“All the coaches have helped me a lot. With the B team and players they talk to me a lot, they help me out and I think I’ve evolved a lot since I’ve come here to Benfica,” Parks said.With the new deal, Parks knows he will continue with the B side but hopes to parlay that into more chances to play with the first team, saying: “To continue at Benfica, work very hard, and, if everything goes well, have more opportunities in the first team, more minutes in matches and prove myself.”last_img read more