He is writing sports history with this signature!
Davion Kimbrough signed with Sacramento Republic FC of the United Soccer League on Tuesday at just 13 years, 5 months and 13 days old. This makes Talent the youngest professional soccer player of all time in the United States.
He also holds the record for the youngest professional athlete in North American sports, which includes sports leagues such as the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and WNBA.
Before Kimbrough, New York City FC’s Maximo Carrizo held that title, signing a contract in February 2022 at the age of 14.
Kimbrough has been playing in Republic FC’s youth academy since 2021, aged 11. There he scored 61 goals in 81 games over the past two seasons with Sacramento’s U-13 and U-14 teams in the MLS Next League. Now, at just 13 years old, he can play in the club’s first team as well.
President and General Manager of Republic FC, Todd Dunivant: “He is a remarkable talent who has dedicated himself to his dream of becoming a great player.”
Further: “He successfully competed against players of older vintage, putting up impressive performances in the top flight and ultimately earning a first team spot. We are extremely proud to have chosen to continue his sporting and professional career with the Kimbrough family and Davient Republic FC. We look forward to the upcoming season with great anticipation!”
By the way, it’s banned in Germany! The Bundesliga has an age limit of 16. For the 2020/21 season, this limit was reduced by one year from the then 17. The German Football League is following the example of other leading European leagues. England, Spain, Italy and France have had this rule for some time.
Kimbrough caused quite a stir in the prestigious Bassevelde U-13 Cup. He was a guest player for the Red Bulls from MLS in the competition (along with Juventus Turin, West Ham and Benfica) and was instrumental in the team becoming the first MLS team to win the competition. He was also named the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
With approval from both the federation and the league, the 1.8m-tall Kimbrough could make his professional debut against Birmingham Legion FC on Saturday.
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