13-Year-Old Makes USLC Debut, Becoming Youngest-Ever Pro On An American Sports Team
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Real Salt Lake Academy's Axel Kei made his professional debut at age 13 on Friday night in Herriman, Utah.
The Ivory Coast-born striker was a second-half substitute for the USL Championship side Real Monarchs, entering in the 61st minute of a 0-0 draw against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
At 13 years, nine months and nine days old, Kei is believed to be the youngest-ever player to make a professional appearance in American team sports.
History on a Friday night in Herriman, Utah from one of our own.Axel Kei becomes the youngest to appear for a professional American sports team at 13 years, 9 months and 9 days! pic.twitter.com/uOcmcsUDi3
— Real Salt Lake Academy (@RSLAcademy) October 9, 2021
13 years, nine months, nine days.Real Salt Lake Academy player Axel Kei appeared for the @RealMonarchs last night, becoming the youngest athlete to feature for a professional American sports team
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 9, 2021
In July, Kei led RSL Academy to the Under 15 MLS NEXT Cup championship with a 2-0 win against Philadelphia Union Academy. He won the Golden Boot at the event with five goals.
We told you to pay attention to Axel Kei
— MLS NEXT (@MLSNEXT) June 27, 2021