KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Sporting KC signed 16-year-old Erik Palmer-Brown to the team Friday afternoon. He becomes the youngest player in club history.
The defender from Lee's Summit, Mo., is considered one of the top youth prospects for his age in the country.
Palmer-Brown is a member of the Under-17 Men's National Team, and is ranked No. 1 in the region. The 175-pound central defender has steadily progressed in the Sporting Kansas City Academy since joining in June 2009 at age 13.
"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 Manager 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 is a three-time State Cup champion, appearing in 40 U.S. Soccer Development Academy matches.
In addition to his prolific club soccer career, Palmer-Brown played one season of high school soccer as a freshman at Lee's Summit High School (Fall 2011). He was named All-Conference First Team and Defensive Player of the Year.
Palmer-Brown becomes the third Homegrown Player on Sporting Kansas City's roster, along with Jon Kempin and Kevin Ellis.
He will occupy the club's available off-budget roster spot and will remain eligible to play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the Sporting KC Academy under-18 team.