U.S. U20 int’l Palmer-Brown loaned to Porto

USA under-20 standout Erik Palmer-Browne (center) was loaned to Porto on February 1, 2016. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Sporting Kansas City announced Monday that it has loaned U.S. under-20 international Erik Palmer-Brown to Portugal’s FC Porto for the remainder of 2016.

The 18-year-old defender played in 13 games for Sporting Kansas City in all competitions since signing his first professional contract in August 2013. He debuted in May 2014, becoming the club’s youngest player to appear in a competitive match (17 years, 24 days).

Palmer-Brown has also appeared in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and one Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match, starting in a 3-0 win over visiting Real Esteli on September 23, 2014.

“We feel this is a good move for both Erik and the club,” Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. “Over the years, we have formed a good relationship with Porto and we see this as a great opportunity to further Erik’s development as a player and person.”

Last June, Palmer-Brown started and played the entire 90 minutes for the U.S. against Ukraine in his only 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup outing.

Porto currently has five players from Mexico on its books: goalkeeper Raul Gudiño, defender Miguel Layun, plus midfielders Jesus Corona, Omar Govea and Hector Herrera.