Erik Palmer-Brown

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Erik Palmer-Brown
Personal information
Full name Erik Ross Palmer-Brown[1]
Date of birth (1997-04-24) April 24, 1997 (age 20)
Place of birth Napoleon, Ohio, United States
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 2
Youth career
2009–2013 Sporting Kansas City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Sporting Kansas City 16 (0)
2016 Porto B (loan) 17 (0)
2017 Swope Park Rangers (loan) 5 (0)
National team
2013 United States U17 5 (0)
2014–2015 United States U18 6 (1)
2014–2017 United States U20 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 10, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 10, 2014

Erik Ross Palmer-Brown (born April 24, 1997) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer. He is also currently on a pre-contract for Manchester City in the Premier League.


Sporting Kansas City[edit]

Palmer-Brown played in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. On August 2, 2013, at the age of 16, he signed his first professional contract,[2] making him Sporting Kansas City's youngest ever player.[3]

In January 2014, Italian Serie A team Juventus reportedly made a $1 million bid for Erik Palmer-Brown, which was rejected by Sporting Kansas City.[4] In the same year, Palmer-Brown was voted number 39 on UK website TeamTalk's top 50 Wonderkids in 2014.[5]

He made his debut for Sporting Kansas City on May 18, 2014 in a regular season match against Chicago Fire. But it ended prematurely when he was sent off in the 64th minute for a second yellow card after giving away a penalty in the 15th minute in a 2–1 loss.[6]

FC Porto[edit]

On February 1, 2016 Palmer-Brown was loaned to Portuguese club Porto until December 31, 2016.[7] He started regularly in central defense for Porto B, helping them to the LigaPro title.[8]

International career[edit]

Palmer-Brown has represented the United States at the U-15, U-17, U-18, and U-20 levels. He has made 6 appearances for the U-18 team up to this point, scoring his first goal for the team in a 1–0 win over the Czech Republic.[9] In 2015, he was called to the roster that played in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[10]

As captain, Palmer-Brown won the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with the United States.[11] He was awarded the Golden Ball Award by CONCACAF as the best player of the tournament, playing the defensive midfield position.[12] Palmer-Brown then played in central defense for the United States at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and was named to the Best XI of the Tournament by both Squawka[13] and Scouted Football.[14]


Palmer-Brown was a student Archbishop O'Hara High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a resident of Lee's Summit, Missouri.


  1. ^ a b "FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. May 30, 2015. p. 23. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Sporting Kansas City signs 16-year-old Homegrown Player Erik Palmer-Brown". Sporting Kansas City. 
  3. ^ Sporting KC Youth Academy Changing US Development System | The University Daily Kansan
  4. ^ "Sporting Kansas City spurns Juventus' bid for defender Erik Palmer-Brown". Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  5. ^ Archived from the original on November 12, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Sporting KC's Erik Palmer-Brown learns harsh lessons in MLS debut, vows to be "ready" upon return". 
  7. ^ "Sporting KC loans defender Erik Palmer-Brown to FC Porto". Sporting Kansas City. 
  8. ^ "Shaped by time at Porto, U.S. captain Palmer-Brown primed for second U-20 World Cup". Sports Illustrated. 
  9. ^ "U.S. U18 MNT impressive in France". Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  10. ^ "Tab Ramos Finalizes 21-Player Roster for 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup". Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  11. ^ "USA win their first CONCACAF U-20 Championship". SB Nation. March 5, 2017. 
  12. ^ . US Soccer. May 15, 2017  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "From Woodman to Penaranda: The U20 World Cup Team of the Tournament". Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  14. ^ "Scouted's U20 World Cup Team of the Tournament 2017". Retrieved 2017-07-23. 

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