Manchester City defender wins first call up to U.S. Men’s National Team

Two months after joining Manchester City following his decision to quit Sporting Kansas City, Erik Palmer-Brown has received his first call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team as part of a youthful squad selected by head coach Dave Sarachan.

The 20-year-old, who has captained the U.S. under-20 side, is in line for his first senior cap against Paraguay when they meet on March 27 in Cary.

Palmer-Brown is a highly-rated young centre-back and was immediately loaned to KV Kortrijk in Belgium for further experience.

To date, Palmer-Brown has only made one appearance in Belgium’s top-flight, playing 90 minutes in Kortrijk’s 2-1 defeat to Club Brugge on March 3.

He recently made his first comments since becoming a Manchester City player in an interview with De Krant van West-Vlaanderen.

“I trained at the Etihad Campus for three weeks,” said Palmer-Brown, who was previously in Europe with FC Porto’s B team in 2016.

“I didn’t have the honour to train with Kevin De Bruyne, among others. I saw these guys busy in training and was impressed. Their speed and execution… phenomenal.

“I have set myself some goals and I want to do everything to get there. For example, I would like to play for the US national team.”

And just weeks after outlining one of his biggest goals, he could now achieve it after being selected in the latest USA squad.

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