Only 16 years old, Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown is already a prized possession in professional soccer.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Italian club Juventus put in a $1 million bid for Palmer-Brown, but Sporting KC rejected the offer, according to a report from Sports Illustrated.
Sporting KC declined to comment on the report.
“We are always getting calls and inquiries about our players, but we do not comment on specific rumors,” a team spokesman said.
Palmer-Brown, a resident of Lee’s Summit, said he saw the report Friday morning.
“I’m not really sure what’s going on. It would be cool if it’s true, but I’m happy to be here and happy to be with Sporting,” Palmer-Brown said. “It’s really cool, but I’m still young. I’m still developing my game. I’m glad to be here at home with the MLS Cup (champions).”
Palmer-Brown became the youngest current player in Major League Soccer when he signed with his hometown club in August. He is expected to be part of the U.S. under-18 national team for its trip to Spain next month.
“I just want to improve my play as a player,” Palmer-Brown said of his expectations for the 2014 season. “Be smarter, be more vocal, read the game better, learn from (Matt Besler) and (Aurelien) Collin.
“(Besler) will be gone when he makes the World Cup roster, so hopefully I can break into the 18. That’s my goal really — break into the 18 and become a better all-around player.”
Palmer-Brown, who attends O’Hara, has been a member of the Sporting Kansas City Academy since he was 13. He turns 17 on April 24.