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Report: Sporting KC turns down $1 million Juventus bid for 16-year-old American defender

Jan 24, 2014, 9:27 AM EDT

Credit: Sporting KC Credit: Sporting KC

The youngest active player in MLS will remain so… at least for now.

Those who pay attention to the rising young names in Major League Soccer have likely heard of Erik Palmer-Brown, and apparently so has the world. Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl is reporting that Juventus bid $1 million for the 16-year-old American defender.

Sporting KC has rejected the bid from “The Old Lady,” according to Wahl. Palmer-Brown became the youngest player in Sporting KC history back in August when he signed a professional contract. He’s the third Homegrown Player to sign a deal with KC, has represented the US at the U-18 level and, as Wahl states, was recently called into training with Tab Ramos’ U-20 side.

Palmer-Brown hails from Missouri and has been with Sporting KC since he was 11. Turning down $1 million is significant for any player, let alone a high-school aged kid, but the fact remains that not only would KC love to see the kid thrive in America, but they know his value will at-worst remain the same if not rise.

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