Six months into his first professional contract, Palmer-Brown remains the youngest player currently in MLS and was the only 16-year-old to feature for the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team during last week's Dallas Cup. The Lee's Summit native featured in all three group stage matches as well as the semifinal match against the Fluminense U-17s.
USMNT U-20 Head Coach and National Soccer Hall of Famer Tab Ramos had nothing but praise for the Sporting KC younster, telling one reporter: "He really impressed me and is definitely somebody we want to keep around because I think we certainly are barely scratching the surface with Erik Palmer-Brown.
While Palmer-Brown has grown up - both figuratively and literally - over the past few years, for today's Throwback Thursday, we decided to take it back to the old days, when young Erik was playing less with a soccer ball and more with his friends Ash Ketchum and Pikachu.
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Seven weeks from today, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Brazil with the first of 64 matches in 32 days. The U.S. Men's National Team will be one of 32 teams representing their countries at the world's most widely viewed sporting event and was featured this week by FIFATV in their World Cup Team Profile video series. Highlighted in the 10-minute piece are interviews with Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes and local BBC commentator Sean Wheelock, as well as sights and sounds from the American Outlaws - Kansas City chapter and the U.S. Men's National Team's appearance in Kansas City last October.
Kansas City’s official 2014 FIFA World Cup watch parties will once again be hosted at KC Live! in the Power & Light District as part of Sporting KC's Summer in the Soccer Capital series, presented by Sprint.
Homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin started for the United States Under-21 Men's National Team on Wednesday in a 2-1 victory against Club Tijuana (MEX) Under-20's at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The 21-year-old Leawood, Kan. native kept a clean sheet for the opening 45 minutes before head coach Tab Ramos made mass changes at halftime and Kempin was replaced by Kendall McIntosh for the second half.
Wednesday's scrimmage was the highlight of the training camp, the first for the U.S. U21's with an eye toward qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Kempin now returns to OKC Energy FC ahead of their home opener against Orlando City SC on Saturday. Kempin has started three games during the team's inaugural USL PRO season with one shutout and 10 saves, and was named an honorable mention on the USL PRO Team of the Week yesterday.
This week's edition of The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB, featuring interviews with Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber and New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell. The two sides will meet at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Gillette Stadium as Feilhaber faces his former club and Farrell anchors a Revs backline that will likely be missing Kevin Alston (suspended) and Jose Goncalves (injury).
Watch last night's show above -- streamed live via 810whbtv.com -- or listen to the archived podcast below, along with audio from Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler's appearance on The Border Patrol with Sports Radio 810 WHB hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty earlier this morning.
Sporting KC Show feat. Benny Feilhaber and Andrew Farrell
The Border Patrol feat. Matt Besler
To honor National Recycling Month in April, Sporting Kansas City along with The Victory Project and the Sporting Club Network have been hosting a series of donation drives for new and gently used soccer gear. Fans attending pre-designated games and events were encouraged to clean out their garages and bring used soccer equipment to the collection sites. At the conclusion of the campaign, more than 100 pairs of soccer cleats, shin guards and soccer balls were contributed to the cause.
Last night, a clinic was hosted featuring Sporting KC players, coaches and nearly 70 kids from the El Padrino soccer league at Soccer Nation in Wyandotte County. Thanks to the support of KCP&L, each child was provided food and given a drawstring bag with a soccer ball, water bottle and t-shirt. Each child was also able to go home with a pair of donated soccer cleats.
"This is a big event for us because our fans have been donating used soccer equipment," Sporting KC assistant coach Mateus Manoel said. "As we know, without equipment you can't really play. So for them, it's a joy to be able to have some of this stuff and learn from some of our coaches."
Check out the video above for sights and sounds from the event, as well as the photo slideshow below.
Acquired prior to the start of the 2014 season, Sporting KC winger Sal Zizzo is settling into life in Kansas City.
"I really like the city. The fans are great," Zizzo told KC Live last week. "I've been blessed to be able to play in the city of Portland where the fans were also crazy and now here as well. I think you can thank the ownership of the team and the rebrand of Sporting KC and the stadium they've built."
On the field, Zizzo is one of four field players to appear in each of the team's six MLS matches thus far. His strong start to the season has him second on the team in shots (10) and assists (2), and he nearly bagged his first goal in a Sporting KC uniform over the weekend if not for a sliding stop by former Timbers teammate Troy Perkins.
He's appeared on the cover of INK magazine and has become a recurring guest in The Benny Feilhaber Show. And on Saturday, he was the latest Sporting KC player to be featured in the Two Lies and a Truth series on the Sporting Park videoboard. Watch the video below for this week's dose of fact or fiction...
Fresh off a two-goal performance against the Montreal Impact on Saturday (and a run-off in MLS Player of the Week voting) Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer joined Simon Borg and Andrew Wiebe on MLS ExtraTime Radio.
Dwyer discussed his growth in Sporting KC's system over the past three years, his goals for the 2014 sesaon and his recent "Twitter-feud" with Real Salt Lake Nick Rimando.
Wiebe closed the interview by asking Dwyer to name the vainest player in Sporting KC's locker room. Want to hear the answer? Listen to the interview.
Congratulations to Jonathan Nevins for winning this week's caption contest. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
Last Saturday, Sporting Kansas City gave a four goal thumping to Montreal, with Dom Dwyer and Aurelien Collin contributing three goals between them. But were they secretly planning it the whole time? You tell us by captioning this photo that captures the two of them in deep conversation! The winning entry will receive two  tickets to our next home match against the Columbus Crew on May 4, 2014. All entries must be submitted by 5:30p.m. CT on Wednesday. Good luck!
Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 victory over the Montreal Impact at Sporting Park. Voting is open until Sunday evening.
UPDATE - Voting is now closed and Dom Dwyer leads the way with nearly 46% of the vote.