Erik Palmer-Brown is on his way to Belgium for the rest of the season. The 20-year-old center back’s contract at Sporting Kansas City ran out this offseason, and he signed a deal with Manchester City through June of 2022.
However, EPB doesn’t meet the criteria for a UK work permit at this time. This prompted Manchester City to seek a loan, and they found a willing taker in Belgian Pro League side K.V. Kortrijk (the loan also reportedly has an option to extend beyond this season). Kortrijk is currently in 9th place out of the 16 Belgian Pro League clubs. This is a good move for EPB as he is sure to see some consistent opportunities in a league known for player development.
Erik Palmer-Brown captained the US team that was knocked out in the quarter finals at the 2017 U-20 World Cup. He’s one of several very talented center backs in his age group (along with Justen Glad and Cameron Carter-Vickers), who is likely to challenge for a spot on the senior USMNT over the next several years. Let’s hope Palmer-Brown can impress in Belgium!
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