Having joined the Ligue 1 team on loan from parent club Manchester City last summer, Erik Palmer-Brown has now signed a permanent contract that will keep him with Troyes until 2024.

Signing on with the reigning English champions from MLS’ Sporting Kansas City in 2018, the Ohio native immediately became a journeyman as soon as he signed on the dotted line. He was shipped off to KV Kortrijk in Belgium, the first of four loan moves.

Palmer-Brown had a rough start with his French team, having spent the first part of the season mostly on the bench.  Last month however, the struggling side hired a new head coach, Bruno Irles, who obviously saw something in the American defender that the previously coached did not.  The twice capped national team defender has played three times already this year, compared to just twice during the first half of the season.

In reality, the permanent deal was actually nothing more than an internal move within the City Football Group. CFG owns ten teams around the globe, including Lommel in Belgium, Melbourne City in Australia and of course NYCFC.

Troyes, with most likely Erik Palmer-Brown in the starting line-up, will host fellow strugglers Metz on Sunday afternoon.

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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