Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown was scheduled to leave this week to join the United States Under-20 Men's National Team but his departure has been delayed until Sunday. The U-20s will train in California for a couple days before heading to Australia to prepare for the U-20 World Cup.
"I thought it would be good if he stayed here another week based on some of the players we have in and out at the moment," Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said on Tuesday. "It helps us make sure we are covered for the weekend. Chance is still working to get better, he is not there yet, not 100% but he is still working towards it."
A red card for the Red Bulls may have made it easier for Palmer-Brown to stick around longer. "Matt Miazga went out with a red card so he (Vermes) wondered if Tab (Ramos) could spare a player for the weekend," Palmer-Brown explained. "He was going to stay with the Red Bulls to play against Dallas, so he can go early and I can stay."
Palmer-Brown started at center back for Sporting KC in their 1-1 draw with DC United last weekend but had to take a separate flight so he could finish his high school finals. He was scheduled to miss his high school graduation in order to be with the U-20's but may have a chance to attend after all now.
The recently turned 18 defender will quite possibly get his second MLS start in a row on Saturday and just might get to attend his graduation Sunday.
"I don't know yet," Palmer-Brown stated. "The ceremony starts at two but I have to be headed to the airport by three."