Sporting KC Homegrown players Erik Palmer-Brown and Daniel Salloi have returned to Kansas City after completing loan spells in Europe. Palmer-Brown was a regular at center back for Portuguese giants FC Porto’s B team, while Salloi spent the last six months in his native Hungary with Gyirmot SE.
Palmer-Brown, who became Sporting KC’s third Homegrown signing in 2013, made 17 league appearances across the year for FC Porto B after making his debut against Desportivo Aves on March 9. The 19-year-old made 11 appearances in the tail end of the 2015-16 season, culminating in a LigaPro title – FC Porto B’s first league championship.
After missing the opening portion of the 2016-17 campaign with a metatarsal injury, Palmer-Brown returned to the Porto B lineup on Oct. 23 and went on to make six LigaPro starts. He added his first professional goal against reigning English Premier League champions Leicester City’s U-23 side in the Premier League International Cup on Nov. 12.
Salloi signed as Sporting KC’s fourth Homegrown player on Jan. 13, 2016 after impressing for the SKC Academy in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, where he had 21 goals in 28 games in the 2014-15 season. The 20-year-old was loaned to the Swope Park Rangers – Sporting KC’s USL affiliate – ahead of the 2016 season, tallying four goals and three assists in 10 appearances at a rate of a goal or assist every 68 minutes in the USL.
On July 20, Salloi was loaned to newly promoted Gyirmot SE in the OTP Bank Liga – Hungary’s first division. Salloi suffered a back injury in the summer that saw him miss seven games but he went on to score two goals in 13 appearances for Gyirmot, both of which were game-winners against Diosgyori VTK and Szombathelyi Haladas.