Real Salt Lake academy ahead Axel Kei made historical past on Friday because the youngest participant ever to make knowledgeable look for an American sports activities workforce.
Kei, who was solely 13 years outdated, 9 months and 9 days outdated, entered the sphere within the 61st minute of Real Monarchs (RSL’s USL affiliate) 0-0 towards Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, which replaces the USA worldwide striker Bobby Wood. A crowd that was solely shy for 1500 was current throughout this historic second.
Despite his tender age, Kei just isn’t actually the youngest soccer participant ever. That honor stays with Bolivian midfielder Mauricio Baldivieso, who was taken as a late substitute by his father for Aurora in 2009, simply just a few days shy of his thirteenth birthday. Now 25, Baldivieso retired from enjoying 2018.
Although it was an understandably quiet half-hour on the pitch, Kei was given a half likelihood to take a winner for the monarchs, however a Colorado defender was in a position to clear the Milan Iloski cross meant for him.
Kei has been making waves on the youth degree for some time now and took the Golden Boot in final summer time’s MLS NEXT Cup playoffs with 5 objectives. RSL beat Philadelphia Union 2-0 within the ultimate to win the U-15 title.
The first workforce’s regulars David Ochoa, Aaron Herrera and Justen Glad are all merchandise from RSL’s productive youth system, which has additionally performed a position within the improvement of individuals like Carlos Salcedo, Corey Baird and Brooks Lennon over time.
Freddy Adu is at the moment the youngest participant ever to signal an MLS contract and joined DC United in 2004, simply 14 years and 168 days. If Kei continues his present path, there’s each likelihood that he’ll break the long-standing document.
History on a Friday night time in Herriman, Utah from certainly one of our personal.
Axel Kei can be the youngest to carry out for knowledgeable American sports activities workforce with 13 years, 9 months and 9 days! pic.twitter.com/uOcmcsUDi3
– Real Salt Lake Academy (@RSLAcademy) October 9, 2021
The Monarchs are at the moment at the underside of the USL Championship Western Conference Mountain desk, 20 factors behind RGV Toros above them.