The his­toric debut took place in the match between Sacra­men­to Repub­lic and Las Vegas Lights.

The play­er of the Amer­i­can Soc­cer League USL — the sec­ond most impor­tant divi­sion in the Unit­ed States — set a record by becom­ing the youngest play­er to take the field in match­es of pro­fes­sion­al teams. We are talk­ing about Sacra­men­to Repub­lic foot­ball play­er Davian Kim­brough.

The match took place last night. Sacra­men­to host­ed the Las Vegas Lights at home. By the end of the meet­ing, the Cal­i­forn­ian club was lead­ing with a score of 2:0, and the coach­ing staff decid­ed to release the young play­er Kim­brough onto the field. At the age of 13 years, 7 months and 13 days, he became the youngest foot­baller ever to take part in a senior pro­fes­sion­al match.

Thus, Kim­brough broke the record of his pre­de­ces­sor Alex Clay, who received the cor­re­spond­ing title in 2021. At the time of his first appear­ance on the field as part of the main team, Alex was 13 years, 9 months and 9 days.


The appear­ance of the Sacra­men­to play­er at the end of the match with Las Vegas caused a heat­ed dis­cus­sion on social net­works. Users noticed that the young man was born just a few months before the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Accord­ing to users, this could make foot­ball fans feel old. “Born in 2010? We’re damn old, guys.“they write.

One of the dis­cus­sion par­tic­i­pants not­ed that at that age he could hard­ly imag­ine him­self tak­ing part in a pro­fes­sion­al foot­ball match. “At the age of 13 I played Fort­nite“he not­ed.

Anoth­er com­men­ta­tor joked that the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a 13-year-old boy in a pro­fes­sion­al league game was a shrewd move by USL offi­cials. “They do this to annoy us, those who were nev­er able to become pro­fes­sion­al ath­letes. Can a pre­pu­bes­cent child be bet­ter than me? I refuse to believe it.“the user wrote.

It is note­wor­thy that Sacra­men­to Repub­lic Pres­i­dent Todd Duni­vant was present at the sta­di­um dur­ing the match — at one time he wit­nessed the debut of Fred­dy Adu, a foot­ball play­er who made his debut in MLS at the age of 14. His career took off quick­ly as a teenag­er: at age 13, he was named to the U.S. Youth Nation­al Soc­cer Team and lat­er became the youngest ath­lete ever to sign a pro­fes­sion­al con­tract in the Unit­ed States. How­ev­er, Adu ulti­mate­ly dis­ap­peared from the radar: his last place of work was the Swedish 3rd divi­sion club Österlen, which ter­mi­nat­ed the con­tract with the play­er in 2021.

After the match, Todd Duni­vant issued a state­ment, not­ing that he did not want to put pres­sure on the 13-year-old Kim­brough.