American Will Packwood set to join MLS, with New England interested


In a bit of reporting on the Birmingham City official website, the club confirmed that 21-year-old defender Will Packwood has requested to have his contract terminated so he can join Major League Soccer and “possibly” sign on with New England.

Already confirmed to have been released yesterday, Packwood requested he have his contract terminated immediately instead of letting it run out on June 30 so that he can join MLS before the May 12 transfer deadline. The club approved his request.

It’s unclear what Birmingham means by “possibly join the New England Revolution,” an odd word choice, but the fact that an official release included a destination club means a deal is likely imminent.

With an English mother and American father, Packwood was born in Concord, Massachusetts and grew up in the United States before joining Birmingham City’s youth system at 14 years old. He earned his first professional contract with the club and made his debut for the club three years ago at just 18 years of age. Since, he’s made 21 first-team appearances and peaked last season following a return from serious injury, but has struggled this year making just one lone Championship appearance before finding himself on loan in the lower leagues twice in 2015.

Packwood has been with the US international youth setup making appearances at both the U-20 and U-23 levels, but has not broken into the senior squad.