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Da’vian Kimbrough,13, becomes youngest player to make professional debut in US Soccer history

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla
October 2 2023
Da'vian Kimbrough

Kimbrough has made history in the USL Championship (USA 2nd division)

Da’vian Kimbrough, a forward with the Sacramento Republic, made his debut as a professional against the Las Vegas Lights on Sunday at the age of 13 years, 7 months and 13 days in the USL Championship (USA 2nd division), becoming the youngest player in North American football to do so.

Being one of the youngest Americans to sign an official agreement, Da’vian Kimbrough, who has been a member of the Republic Academy since 2021, did so in August. On another certain occasion, he was added to the team’s roster for the actual game.

Axel Kei, who played for the Real Monarchs, the MLS side Real Salt Lake’s second team, in 2021 at the age of 13 years, 9 months, and 9 days, was the youngest player to have played before in the USL Championship. Freddy Adu, who played for D.C. United in 2004, made his first-team debut at the age of 14 years, 10 months.

Alphonso Davies, a left-back for Bayern Munich, set the mark for the USL Championship’s youngest goal scorer at the age of 15 years, 6 months, and 13 days.

Da’vian Kimbrough, a 5-foot-11 striker from Woodland, California, is eligible to represent Mexico and holds dual citizenship. He was recently taking part in an exercise camp for Mexico’s U-16 team.

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Sacramento holds the top spot in the USL Championship Western Conference standings with just two matches remaining in the regular campaign (58 points), three points above San Antonio FC.

The adolescent participated in a training session with Mexico’s Under-16 side and recorded 27 goals in 31 games for Sacramento’s under-13 club in 2021 when he was just 11 years old.

Sacramento now leads the USL Western Conference by three points with two matches remaining after their victory on Sunday at Heart Health Park, and they are assured a spot in the season-ending play-offs.

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