Sporting Kansas City Sign 16-Year-Old Home Grown Defender

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Erik Palmer-Brown becomes the club’s youngest ever player.

Sporting Kansas City have announced the signing of 16-year-old Erik Palmer-Brown, making him the youngest player to ever sign a professional contract with the franchise.

Palmer-Brown has been at SKC since 2009 when he signed on to their youth academy at the age of 13. With the signing of this contract, he becomes the only player born in 1997 on an MLS team’s roster.

“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity ahead,” Palmer-Brown told the club’s official website, “To play the sport I love professionally and to begin my career in my hometown is a dream come true. I owe a lot to my family, my coaches and my teammates for helping me reach this point.”

“We have put a strong emphasis and many resources into our Academy program and this is another example of the great strides taken in helping our players reach the next level of soccer,” Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes said. “Jon Parry and his staff have done a tremendous job in the development of Erik Palmer-Brown and we are excited to watch his growth within Sporting Kansas City.”

Palmer-Brown already stands at an impressive 6’1″ and 175 lbs, and at 16 years of age he still has plenty of room to grow – the physical demands of top level men’s football shouldn’t prove too imposing for the young centre-back.

Palmer-Brown will still complete his highschool education at Archbishop O’Hara High School in Kansas City, Missouri, before most likely skipping the college process and joining the MLS full-time with SKC. In the meantime he will occupy an off-roster spot for the team and therefore remain eligible in US Soccer Development Academy competition.

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