Erik Palmer-Brown featured in KC Star

Erik Palmer-Brown has been in the soccer spotlight since emerging as a rising star with the Sporting KC Academy and being chosen to attend the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. for the Spring Semester. On Sunday, the Kansas City Star featured Palmer-Brown in a well-written piece by the newspaper's resident soccer expert Tod Palmer.

Erik Palmer-Brown is walking the same path once tread by modern-day U.S. soccer greats Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.

Palmer-Brown, 15, who lives in Lee’s Summit, was accepted to the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., for the spring semester, so he spends his morning training with 31 of the nation’s elite youth soccer players then attends class in the afternoon.

He’s part of the player pool that will compete for the U.S. men’s under-17 national team during FIFA Under-17 World Cup Qualifying in the spring.

To read the full article, including quotes from the Sporting KC Academy Director of Coaching Jon Parry, visit the Full 90 at