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By The SI Staff
May 06, 2015

Will Packwood is seemingly on his way back to the USA after nearly eight years abroad.

Packwood, the 21-year-old U.S. men's national team defender, has been released from his contract with Birmingham in order to join MLS, the English League Championship side announced on Wednesday. Packwood's contract was due to run until the end of June. MLS's transfer window is closed from May 12 until July 8, but as a free agent he can now sign at any time.

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​Packwood has been in the Birmingham system since 2007, and he's been with the first team since 2012, making 21 top-flight appearances. He suffered a broken leg in January, 2013, that cost him a number of months, but he bounced back and was called into U.S. camp for the senior team's friendly against Ukraine in March 2014 and most recently played for the U.S. U-23s in friendlies against Denmark and Bosnia-Herzegovina this past March.

Packwood is reportedly set to train with the New England Revolution, which would be a homecoming for the Massachusetts native, should he land there. It is unclear which team has discovery rights to Packwood, but he is not on the fixed list of players subjected to the league's allocation order.

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