Posted January 24, 2014

Sporting Kansas City spurns Juventus’ bid for defender Erik Palmer-Brown

Grant Wahl, MLS, Serie A, Sporting Kansas City
Erik Palmer-Brown

Sporting Kansas City turned down Juventus’ bid for 16-year-old Erik Palmer-Brown. (Gary Rohman/Sporting KC)

Sporting Kansas City has turned down a $1 million bid from Italian giant Juventus for 16-year-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown, a source with knowledge of the offer told SI.com.

Palmer-Brown, a member of the U.S. Under-18 national team, was a homegrown signing for the MLS club last August. A resident of Lee’s Summit, Mo., he had been a member of the SKC youth academy since the age of 11.

After signing a pro contract at 16, Palmer-Brown began training with Kansas City’s senior team during the morning and studying at Archbishop O’Hara High in Kansas City, Mo., in the afternoon.

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Juventus, which currently sits in first place in Serie A, made its bid for the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Palmer-Brown after watching him play for U.S. youth national teams.

U.S. Under-20 coach Tab Ramos recently included Palmer-Brown in his team’s training sessions for the first time.

21 comments
manhattanproject9
manhattanproject9

Considering that Freddy Adu had an offer from the academies of Manchester United and Inter Milan and turned it down to play against "MLS A-Leaguers" (as the poster below me describes), I think this decision is catastrophic for this kid's future potential. I hope he proves me wrong, but I doubt it. Oh, well.

GabeFeely
GabeFeely

Man, what a mistake that was. In 10 years, he'll be the next Freddy Adu; bouncing around the third world instead of playing for a great team like Juve.

hroeken
hroeken

Rich European teams have enough cash that they can throw a million at prospects with large upside.  Even if he languishes away in a lower league its worth it for the team (in this case Juve) to take that risk on the off chance the player turns out to be special.  This is kind of what happened to Freddy Adu.  Huge upside, couldn't find consistent PT in Euro to refine and improve his game.


EPB has a chance to mature against MLS A-leaguers.  A far cry from playing in Europe, I know, but if he succeeds and improves he'll be worth a lot more in transfer than 1 mil.

kvillegas
kvillegas

If I had to decide between Juve and Sporting KC ... well, I think I can speak for everyone, every where when I say I would rather play for Juventus. 

DominicCullotta
DominicCullotta

They denied him a chance to go play in the youth system of one of the most successful European teams ever. They did this kid wrong. The MLS is garbage. He will just waste away there like most US talent.

Paulinho
Paulinho

Why would they do that to him? smh

mgrich
mgrich

Its good to see SKC hold onto this guy, I've heard nothing but good things so far.    Let's let him develop at his hometown club for a couple of years and see where he's at then.

ButchWright
ButchWright

@manhattanproject9 It may well be that Freddy's example of going to Europe too soon (remember he went off to Benfica still quite young) was part of the rationale. I see it all the time with Brazilian players going to Europe too early. Neymar was sought at an early age, as was Robinho. Whereas the former waited, matured, and is now adapting quite well to the Barcelona system, Robinho, in love with his own legend, left through the back door at Santos to run off to Europe, sputtered, and failed, never developing into the player people expected him to be. 

OculusSententia
OculusSententia

@manhattanproject9 Also Adu went to Europe young and failed, we have had kids in Man U academies before, yet they never develop into elite players.

OculusSententia
OculusSententia

@manhattanproject9 Comparing MLS from Adu time to now, is a huge failure. Now MLS clubs can send young players to USL Pro or field their own team, to give young players development time.

ButchWright
ButchWright

@GabeFeelyYou think Brazil is "Third World"? You need to leave home more. I live here in Brazil, and saw just as much poverty back home.

Let's remember as well that lumping players together isn't wise. Just because Adu fell in love with his own legend doesn't mean this kid will. 

ButchWright
ButchWright

@kvillegas"Playing" for Juventus and "Going" to Juventus aren't exactly synonymous. How many American players have been sold to upper echelon clubs in Europe only to ride the pine or disappear in the reserve team?


acbpibe
acbpibe

@DominicCullottaMore and more educated soccer fans are supporting MLS , and we're getting tired of you Eurosnob turncoats and your ignorant whining. 


Grow a pair and support your own league.

MikeDriskill
MikeDriskill

@DominicCullotta Yes because no other team on earth turns down nominal bids for the brightest prospects in their academies.  It's only MLS.  No one else in the world.  

OculusSententia
OculusSententia

@DominicCullotta  You are an idiot. No club in the world sells a young prospect. You develop him and he will grow into a great player. With USL Pro affiliates, and with LA Galaxy hosting their own USL Pro team, more players are going to develop faster. BBut it doesn't mean you should sell all your HG players, how is the club or MLS GORWING BY DOING THAT.

SpencerWhiting
SpencerWhiting

@Paulinho Well, the kid is sixteen. Very well could have been him or his family that decided not to go, and Sporting rejected the bid on their behalf. 

OculusSententia
OculusSententia

@MikeDriskill @DominicCullotta  MLS is not obligated to sell players, they are obligated to try to put a better product on the field. They are the ones who spend money developing these players, and have a interest in keeping them.

JosiahShuler
JosiahShuler

@OculusSententia @DominicCullotta    Top Italian team which puts out and has some of the best defenders in the last 10 years or  PLD and usl pro teams that are nothing more than amateur football most of the time ... hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,  yeah you're right , why help a kid be the best he can be , lets be selfish and lower his potential. 

OculusSententia
OculusSententia

@JosiahShuler @OculusSententia @DominicCullotta USL Pro & MLS relationship, is no different then what Germany  does, which is send players to the 3rd or 4th division to develop. The players get playing time, while also having something to play for. What MLS is doing is following the germany model, which are better then Italy at developing players. In fact, the Serie A didn't even have a reserve league till this year and many teams still don't have one.