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Keaton Parks, 20, made his U.S. national team debut against Bolivia on Monday. (Getty)
PHILADELPHIA — There are dozens of places for a story about Keaton Parks to begin. Dozens of locales. Because Keaton Parks’ journey from Plano, Texas, to the U.S. men’s national team has taken him to so many settings off the beaten path.
But this one begins in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal, a small northern port city know for its beaches and fisheries. It begins at a cozy 11,000-seat stadium in July of 2015, a few modest high-rise apartment buildings dotting the otherwise non-existent skyline, the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred feet away.
Specifically, it begins on a sideline, where Armando Pelaez, Parks’ coach with the NPSL’s Liverpool Warriors, was watching 17-year-old Keaton. And as the lanky Texan, around 6-foot-2 at the time, sprayed another pass out to the wing, and danced by another opponent in midfield, the Portuguese talent evaluators and spectators were in awe. They kept coming back to Pelaez with the same question.
“How is it possible that he is so technical with that height?”
Three years later, Parks is 6-foot-4. He made his first USMNT appearance of any kind on Monday in Pennsylvania. He’s at Portugal’s most successful club, Benfica. And the question is still pertinent: How did Parks, whose size-skill combo is almost self-contradictory, develop into one of the most intriguing under-21 prospects in the U.S. player pool?
The answers arise from various stops along one of the most unorthodox routes to the national team.
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The journey begins in earnest around age 10. That’s when Pelaez, with over a dozen young players huddled around him in north Dallas suburbs, would pose a simple question to the kids: Who here wants to be a professional soccer player?
Hands would shoot up. Of course they would. And of course Parks’ was one of them.
“But I spoke to him outside of the group,” recalls Parks, who also played basketball, baseball and American football growing up. “He told me he can get me where I want to go. I just believed him from the start.”
Pelaez remembers, too. And he remembers his subsequent message to Parks: “Now, I need to be more demanding.”
That’s why tears would occasionally flow down Parks’ cheeks while his teammates celebrated triumphs. “We would win, I would feel good, and [Pelaez] would get on me about all the stuff I did wrong. At the moment, I would be mad at him. Like, why are you ripping me up?
“But all of that ended up being good for me,” he now realizes.
Parks followed Pelaez around to various local clubs, but never to one that was part of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. He was the only player at his first (and only) youth national team camp that hadn’t come through the DA. He had opportunities to join FC Dallas’ youth teams, but was never tempted.
The third of four siblings stuck with Pelaez, as his captain and No. 10. He occasionally trained with kids two or three years his elders. He later played three years of high school soccer as well, and loved it.
But, as Parks now says, “not playing academy soccer, I didn’t get a lot of exposure.” Pelaez took him to several U.S. Soccer satellite camps, designed to place top youngsters on youth national team radars. He never got follow-up calls. Nor did he never have the reasoning told straight to his face.
Pelaez, though, got it time and time again: “He was too little.”
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A 6-foot-4 central midfielder? “Too little”? Ah, but that wasn’t always the case. The average 16-year-old American male is around 5-foot-8. Parks, heading into his junior year of high school, was 5-foot-6. And that very well could be the answer to the question those Portuguese observers were asking.
Parks sprouted to 6-foot-1 that fall. Initially after the growth spurt, he struggled to recapture his coordination and touch. One he did, he was the soccer equivalent of a basketball power forward with guard skills.
Because when he was 5-foot-6, or 5-foot-4 going into high school, he was a guard. He was a tricky 10, a creative attacking midfielder whose playmaking skills Pelaez raves about. He couldn’t rely on his physicality. So he relied on technique.
“I wasn’t the tallest, strongest, fastest player on the field,” Parks says. “So I had to have good feet.”
Keaton Parks, center, competes for Benfica B. (Getty)
And when you watch him now, whether in a reduced space training game or a Benfica B match, there is evidence of that undersized kid who grew up watching and loving Spanish soccer. He is no longer a 10. Benfica sees him as a 6. In his first U.S. camp, he has alternated between 6 and 8. But he is as smooth and clever on the ball as ever. When asked if he has any footballing idols, he says there are none he models his game after, but mentions four players: Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Marco Verratti and Sergio Busquets. Three of those four are 5-foot-7 or shorter.
“Keaton plays like Xavi and Iniesta in a big body,” Pelaez says, without even acknowledging the absurdity of the comparison. Or, in other words – Pelaez’s again – he’s a “Busquets with goals.”
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Pelaez clearly isn’t afraid of the odd hyperbolic comparison. But you can’t ignore his other eye-opening one: “I got the opportunity to coach Clint Dempsey, Omar Gonzalez, Jose Torres, Lee Nguyen,” he says. “Keaton is the most complete player [I’ve had].”
So why, then, did Parks get just one token youth national team call-up, and not until last spring, when he was 19?
For the same reasons he is so good now. Because, foreign to the academy pipeline, he was an outsider. And because as an outsider, he was too short to get noticed. Because he took the unconventional path.
And there is a reason it is unconventional. Because it is a leap of faith. Parks had committed to SMU, and very nearly went. As he says, the college route – the one all his friends and teammates were taking – is “the safe route.” The other route required language lessons, and taste bud adaptations, and undesirable positional changes, and all kinds of adjustments that the academy-trained, domestic-based American player never has to make.
For Parks, it also required the enduring of a nasty contract dispute with his first Portuguese club, Varzim. After refusing to accept a transfer to top-flight club Portimonense, the then-19-year-old midfielder was effectively frozen out by his club, left out of matchday squads, unable to train. Only after multiple arbitration courts sided with Parks was he able to sign with Benfica, his Varzim contract rendered void.
Now he’s a reserve team catalyst, with four first-team appearances under his belt. He’s almost fluent in Portuguese. He has reportedly drawn interest from the likes of Monaco, Borussia Monchengladbach and Leicester City. And he’s a U.S. international.
“Last year was my first national team camp,” of any kind, “with the U-20s,” he notes. “This is my second.” And then he almost chuckles, as if realizing just how much of a whirlwind the past few years have been – and just how unorthodox his path to that first cap was.
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Plano is a very cosmopolitan city, with excellent schools and programs for all levels, an outstanding library system, and we have a wonderful Parks Department. Everything a person wants is here.
Stories About Plano
I am an educator and hear people say kids these days have no manners. That is not true in Plano. My students politely say “thank you” for the smallest things, even if it is for a quiz or assignment that I pass out. Other examples include someone paying for a meal or coffee in drive through, which has happened numerous times, or the many volunteers who meet students in our libraries to tutor students for free or become volunteer ambassadors at the hospital.
Drien Opportunity Partners
A developer is going back to the drawing boards on plans for one of Plano’s largest mixed-use developments.
Real estate investor Sam Ware has been working since last year to redevelop retailer J.C. Penney’s old campus in West Plano into a mixed-use project.
Ware is converting the sprawling headquarters building into space for multiple companies.
And his Drien Opportunity Partners wants to add a variety of projects on vacant land surrounding the 1990s buildings.
But for the time being, residential construction is off the table.
Ware’s original plan for his Campus at Legacy West included building more than 1,000 apartments, hotel rooms, retail and restaurant space and additional office.
But after push back from Plano residents and city officials, Ware this week pulled – at least for now – the apartments out of the mix.
"The applicant is requesting to withdraw this zoning case from your consideration this evening," Plano city planner Erica Marohnic told the city planning and zoning commission at its latest meeting.
Ware had previously delayed several times his request to build apartments to on part of the 45 acres he owns surrounding the Penney buildings.
The developer already has zoning on the land to build a variety of commercial properties, but no residential.
Major corporations and their workers increasingly want rental housing opportunities in close proximity to the workplace.
Thousands of apartments are being built in the newest North Texas business districts including Plano’s Legacy West, CityLine in Richardson and the new Legacy Central development on U.S. Highway 75.
Ware has had strong interest from apartment builders in his Campus at Legacy West project.
"We have talked to a who’s who of apartment developers in the last 18 months," Ware said in a recent interview. "In my opinion, the west side of the tollway in Legacy is underserved with apartments."
He still has the option of coming back to Plano’s planners with a new apartment development scheme.
The pullback from seeking apartments at the Campus at Legacy West is the latest in a series of delays Ware has recently faced.
Last month he missed a deadline to buy Dallas’ former Parkland Hospital campus northwest of downtown. Ware says he’s still working on the deal.
And Ware still hasn’t completed his purchase of parts of the old Collin Creek Mall in Plano. He wants to redevelop the regional shopping center on U.S. 75 into another mixed-use project.
The Campus at Legacy West development is planned with a variety of new construction surrounding the old J.C. Penney headquarters.
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In an annual Trees Across Texas project initiated in Lubbock by A.E. Quest Jr. and and T.J. Patterson, well-wishers and government officials gathered Friday at the Buddy Holly Recreation Area to plant a tree to honor the city of Plano, and Plano presumably is planting a tree in honor of Lubbock.
Art and Jeanie Quest, children of the late A.E. Quest Jr., have perpetuated the development of a park in that area by donating trees that are cared for and sustained by the Lubbock Parks and Recreation Department.
The trees, planted in an area where debris from the 1970 tornado had been piled and covered over with soil for a later reclamation, now is characterized by the beauty of trees and manicured grass for what has become a park.
“My mother and dad decided to work with the Parks Department. That’s where Trees Across Texas comes from,” Art Quest said.
“Trees also help the environment: They create shade, they create windbreak, they prevent soil erosion, and also the trees benefit by breathing all of the carbon dioxide from the air, which we don’t need as human beings. And they create what they call photosynthesis and create oxygen which everybody needs.”
Jeanie Quest said, “Dad decided he wanted beauty out of all that horrible debris from the tornado, so he started this back in 1981.”
Marie Evans, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and chairwoman of the Lubbock Round Table, told the group that A.E. Quest Jr. was born in 1914 in Oklahoma, graduated from Amarillo High School in 1934 and graduated from West Texas University at Canyon in 1939.
“He was a volunteer with the South Plains Council of the Boy Scouts, a member of the Lubbock Lions Club for 65 years, and was active as a Shriner and Mason.”
City Councilwoman Karen Gibson, in addressing the group, said, “I want to thank the Quest family and the city of Plano — and a special thanks to our Parks and Recreation Department. These guys work very hard.”
Jaret Greaser, special assistant to U.S. Rep. Jodey Arringtron, read from a message from Gov. Greg Abbott:
“Trees add far more than just beauty to our state. They contribute to the natural process of energy conservation, add value to real estate, help clean our air and control runoff and flooding.
“They also shade our family picnics during the unforgiving Texas summers, act as foundation of many a backyard tree house, and line the edges of Texas rivers, providing sturdy branches for the rope swings of adventurous swimmers.”
T.J. Patterson provided the invocation prayer, and instructed the assembly to hold hands in a large circle while he asked God’s blessing on the event.
Gerald Dolter of the Texas Tech Music Department sang a song penned by A.E. Quest Jr., titled “O Lord, Look What Thou Hast Done.” He also led the group in Singing, “God Bless America.”
Local real estate agents say letters to the seller may help procure a winning bid. As the housing shortage continues, buyers have increased in their desire to stand out among the crowd of other offers. One way to do this is to attach a personal letter from the buyer to the seller about why they want to purchase the home.
“A lot of people have an emotional attachment to their homes,” Joey Jordan with Keller Williams said. “By and large, they like to know that sweet, nice people are going to buy their home. It makes them feel like they are handing the home off to someone who will care for it the way they have.”
Jordan went on to explain letters written from the buyer to the seller should include why they want to purchase the home and what makes it a good fit for their family. However, buyers should be careful about disclosing too many personal details, Jordan warned. By letting the seller know what you do for a living or other financial related details, they might get the impression that you can and should pay more for the home.
Wanda Poe with ERA Steve Cook said these letters are especially helpful in a multiple offer situation.
“It’s when a person thinks they are going to have to compete that they are inspired to write a letter about why they are the people that should own the property,” Poe said. “I just had a situation where that was done and it made a big difference. It was a family trust and the children were very impressed with the letter and the people that were going to occupy the home.”
Poe explained the letter was effective because it allowed the sellers to envision a family living in their parents’ home and taking good care of it. Since the property had land, the family had been concerned with what would be done with it. They were relieved to hear the family intended to keep horses on the property and maintain the land.
Jordan said in her experience there is a greater chance for Grayson County residents to be emotionally attached to their homes than those who live in the Metroplex.
“When I started selling real estate in Plano back in ’74, people tended to move every two to three years,” Jordan said. “But in Grayson County, people tend to buy a house and stay in it a long time, which causes them to build more attachment. As people make a lot of money selling their homes in Collin County and moving out to Grayson, this may start to change.”
Because of this, letters written to sellers in Grayson County may make more of an impact than those in other areas. Poe explained the amount of property with land in the area also makes it an ideal place for sellers to receive these letters.
“For a large piece of property like land it’s important for them to know what is going to happen to it once it’s purchased,” Poe said. “A lot of times they want it to be continued to be cared for and they care what is going to happen once it’s sold.”
Buyers that are looking for land to have animals and to participate in farming should include this in their letter. This will help them to stand apart from investors who may have intentions to divide up the land or change its use.
Letters written from the buyer to the seller may not help a low offer to be accepted but may make it more likely that an equivalent offer will stand out in the crowd. Both agents agreed it is worth the effort to try.
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From a top-tier school district to an expansive food hall to multiple headquarters, Plano is giving homebuyers plenty of reasons to head to Collin County.
The city has long been home to big businesses like J.C. Penney and Frito-Lay, but in recent years it has also attracted the North American headquarters for Toyota, as well as massive corporate offices and regional campuses for companies like Fogo de Chão, FedEx Office, JPMorgan Chase, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Boeing.
That’s thanks largely to the construction of Legacy West, a $3.2 billion mixed-use development on Plano’s west side. Developed by Fehmi Karahan, the 225-acre project is home not only to offices, but hotels, residences and plenty of retail and restaurant options, like a Tesla showroom, a Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Shake Shack.
Legacy Hall, North Texas’ first European-style food hall, also opened at the development in December. The three-story, 55,000-square-foot hub features 22 food stalls, half-a-dozen bars and a brewery.
“The experience that our environment offers is second to none, anywhere in Texas. We have the best dining choices for all budgets and tastes, and a broad selection of marquis retailers,” Karahan said in a prepared statement. “Blending these shopping and dining venues with our residential and office tenants makes Legacy West the premier ‘live/work/eat/play/shop’ destination in Texas.”
It’s also helped make Plano a top live/work/play destination in North Texas. Residents are flocking to take advantage of its amenities. Between 2010 and 2015, the city saw a 9.1 percent population spike.
The growing populations is leading to an increase in housing prices. According to Tommy Wooten, realtor associate and team leader with Joe Atkins Realty-North, only two homes in Plano are available for less than $200,000.
And for buyers looking for a something for under $300,000, expect a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home built in 1981. Newer, larger homes are going for higher prices due to demand.
That’s why Wooten is encouraging those interested in moving to Plano to act fast – prices won’t be going down.
“I advise people not to wait for a market crash,” he said. “It’s not happening unless there is some unforeseen international or national crisis.”
See how much home you can buy between $200,000 and $2 million in the slideshow above.
Or if you’re looking for an ultra-luxury residence, check out this 14,279-square-foot Plano home previously listed for $7 million. Located on Old Gate Road, the property is headed to auction in April.
Largest North Texas Homebuilders
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Rank Business Name # of Local New Home Closings in 2016 1 D.R. Horton Inc. 4,320 2 Highland Homes- Dallas LLC 1,456 3 Lennar Corp. 1,321 View This List
PLANO, Texas, March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Azpen Innovation, a developer of creative solutions with cutting-edge technology, design, and features, announces four of its innovative Qi wireless chargers: the Azpen Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C100), the Azpen Dual-Power Wireless Charging Pad (C200), the Azpen Power Bank with Wireless Charging (C300), and the Azpen Car Vent Magnetic Wireless Charger (C400). The company’s flagship DockAll Qi Wireless Charger (D100) was named a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Smart Energy category.
"Qi is the universal standard for wireless charging of battery-operated devices such as smart phones, tablets, MP3 players, and cameras," stated Jim Hu, Azpen president. "Azpen offers an advanced, varied selection of Qi wireless chargers. In addition to being stylishly designed, these particular models are highly portable and very flat, so they can be easily taken and used anywhere, assuring users of a means to keep their mobile devices charged and operable."
Azpen Qi Wireless Charging Pad
The Azpen Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C100) provides 10 watts of standard charging power and has an ambient glow charging indicator light. MSRP: $29.99
Azpen Dual-Power Wireless Charging Pad
For twice the charging fun, the Azpen Dual-Power Qi Wireless Charging Pad (C200) can charge two devices at the same time. It too has 20 watts (2 sets of 10 watts) of power and can fully charge two devices simultaneously. MSRP: $59.99
Azpen Power Bank with Wireless Charging
The Azpen Power Bank with Wireless Charging (C300) is a 2-in-1 charger that provides standard wireless charging power and an 8000mAh capacity battery. The device also features two variably powered USB ports. MSRP: $59.99
Azpen Car Vent Magnetic Wireless Charger
The Azpen Car Vent Magnetic Wireless Charger (C400) can be mounted to the car’s dash or inserted into the air vent outlet. The magnetic base securely holds the phone as it charges and the neck rotates 360° providing a variety of viewing angles. The device provides up to 10 watts of wireless charging. MSRP: $39.99
All of the units have a non-slip design, assuring devices won’t slip off while being charged. Each comes with a micro USB cable or DC for powering, and is unbelievably easy to use.
Azpen Named CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree
The Azpen D100 Qi Wireless Charger was recognized as a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Smart Energy category. It was evaluated highly in the four judging categories: engineering, aesthetic, and design qualities; intended use/function and user value; unique/novel features; and how its design and innovation directly compare to other products in the marketplace.
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Formed in 2010, Azpen Innovation is a global provider of tablet PCs, gaming devices, wireless accessories, home automation devices, and "Internet of Things" related products. Azpen’s company owned manufacturing facility is highly automated with dedicated R&D teams, state-of-the-art equipment, advanced software development and ID design, and an experienced management team. The company is headquartered in Plano, TX and has offices throughout the country. For more information, visit: www.azpeninnovation.com.
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Christina Morris’ mother and stepmother wipe tears away after Enrique Arochi was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping in 2016. Morris’ remains were found Wednesday in Texas. (Jae S. Lee /The Dallas Morning News via AP)
(Newser) – After three years of searching, a family found their missing daughter when her remains were discovered Wednesday in a field in Texas, NBC DFW reports. “We promised Christina we would find her and bring her home,” the Dallas Observer quotes Christina Morris’ sister as saying. “We were determined to keep that promise; 2,185 days after her disappearance Christina was found.” The 23-year-old Morris was last seen leaving a shopping center in Plano with her friend Enrique Arochi in August 2014, CBS DFW reports. Arochi was was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping after Morris’ DNA was found in the trunk of his car. Police allege Arochi, drunk and high on Adderall, kidnapped Morris because he was upset a friend had declined his sexual advances. He continues to maintain his innocence. Continue reading “Remains of Woman Kidnapped by Friend Found in Texas”
NEW YORK, NY – Many of the leading U.S. metropolitan areas for commercial and multifamily construction starts showed reduced activity in 2017 compared to levels reported during 2016, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Of the top ten markets ranked by the dollar amount of construction starts, seven registered declines, one was essentially unchanged, and just two showed greater activity in 2017. For the metropolitan areas ranked 11 through 20, the 2017 performance was more evenly balanced, with four reporting declines, one essentially unchanged, and five reporting gains. At the national level, the volume of commercial and multifamily construction starts was $194.7 billion, down 7% from 2016, although still 8% above the amount reported for 2015. Continue reading “Multifamily Construction Starts Settled Back in Many of the Top U.S. Metropolitan Markets in 2017”