Parkhurst had the opportunity to return to his homeland this winter and took the chance with both hands as he strives for a spot in the USA's World Cup squad. He was also intrigued to see just how far the domestic competition had come in the last half-decade.
"I've been following the league since I left. The level is getting better every year," the Crew skipper told MLSsoccer.com this week.
"The biggest way you can tell that right off the bat is training.
"When I was in the League prior, the level of training really dropped off after the first 13, 14 guys maybe. Here, I think now the level now isn't dropping off.
"You've got 25 guys, 26 guys all battling to get into the 18. That just wasn't the case when I was here prior."
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