(FOX40.COM) — History was made during Sacramento Republic FC’s 2-0 win over Las Vegas Lights FC on Sunday.
In the 87th minute of the match, 13-year-old Da’vian Kimbrough made his professional debut, becoming the youngest professional soccer player to appear in a competitive match (13 years, 7 months, 13 days).
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The record was previously held by Máximo Carizzo, who made his debut for New York City FC at 14 years, 4 months, and 26 days in 2022. The USL record was held by Axel Kei, who debuted for the Real Monarchs SLC at age 13 years, 9 months, and 9 days.
According to Sacramento Republic FC, Kimbrough, a member of the club’s youth development academy, signed his professional contract earlier this summer, which made him the youngest professional athlete in American team sports history (13 years, 5 months, 13 days).
The Indomitable Club received the win on Sunday behind goals from Keko Gontán, who was named man of the match, and Luther Archimède. The win comes after a 0-2 loss to Colorado Switchbacks FC.
Next up for the Republic squad is an away match against Rio Grande Valley FC. The two clubs met on July 1, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
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