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Lee's Summit Native Continues To Receive...
Lee's Summit Native Continues To Receive Honors & Accolades In His First Season As A Pro
July 19, 2014
By Fred Liggett
A Lee's Summit native, Erik Palmer-Brown continues to impress his fans and teammates as he makes progress in his rookie season with Sporting KC.
As Erik works his way through the 2014 campaign the 17-year-old youth continues to receive honors and awards for his on the field accomplishments.
The latest honor is being named to the 20-player roster for the upcoming 2014 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game.
"It's a privilege to play in the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown game," Palmer-Brown said.
The Inaugural event will feature the league's top homegrown players against Portland Timbers U-23 team. This game is set for the night of Monday, August 4 in Portland, Oregon as part of the festivities leading up to the 2014 MLS All Star game. The MLS homegrown game will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com.
Erik will see a familiar face with him at the game as Sporting KC product Jon Kempin was also selected to the team.
Earlier in Palmer-Brown's career, he became the youngest signing in Sporting KC club history at age 16 in August of 2013. Palmer-Brown has logged five appearances for Sporting Kansas City so far in 2014 and made his professional debut on Sunday, May 18 in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire.
When he made his debut, Palmer-Brown became the youngest player in MLS history to start a regular season match as a defender.
Other honors for the now 17-year-old includes representing the United States at the Under 15, Under 17 and Under 18 levels in 2013. His work in these competitions led him to being named one of the five finalists for U.S. Soccer's young male athlete of the year.
Palmer-Brown's last experience playing for the US was in the under-20 Men's national team that finished runners-up at the 2014 Dallas Cup in April. Brown and his U-20 teammates competed against Argentina, Germany, and Mexico.
Palmer-Brown began the year attending training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida for the U-18 men's national team. He ended his 2013 season by scoring his first goal on the international level in October during a four-team international tournament in France.
Earlier in 2013, Palmer-Brown became the youngest signing in club history when he signed a homegrown player contract with Sporting Kansas City in August.
When Palmer-Brown signed his contract with Sporting KC, he signed a deal called a homegrown player contract.
A typical day during the school year showcases just how homegrown Palmer-Brown really is. The day begins at 8am with breakfast at home. From there it's on to Swope Park to practice two hours with Sporting KC starting at 10 a.m. From 12:30 to 3 p.m. he attends O'Hara High School. Then it's back to Lee's Summit to work out at Boost Physical Therapy from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown finishes his day back at home for dinner and homework.
When asked about his trip to a week long camp in Florida the first week of the new year, Palmer-Brown said was “a solid week in Florida."
For someone so young there was plenty to learn during his time with Sporting in 2013. Palmer-Brown admits he learned he must get faster, stronger, smarter, and bigger. The experience last season was "unreal, every game was a battle."
Now that the 2014 World Cup is over, Sporting KC is back to full strength and ready to compete for another MLS Cup.
Area soccer fans next chance to see Palmer-Brown and his teammates in action will be on Friday, Aug. 1st when they host Philadelphia.
With all the experiences Erik has already enjoyed in 2014, it would be no surprise if this hometown player experiences a win by the hometown team.