Sacramento Republic FC's Da'vian Kimbrough has been called into a training camp for Mexico's U-16 Men's National Team this week. | Photo courtesy Sacramento Republic FC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC forward Da’vian Kimbrough has been called up the Mexico U-16 Youth National Team for a training camp this week in preparation for an upcoming tournament. The invitation is Kimbrough’s first national team selection.
“Da’vian’s relentless pursuit of his goals has once again been rewarded with a tremendous opportunity,” said Republic FC Academy Director Eder Quintanilla. “His continued growth and development will be challenged, but his performance on the field during academy preseason and in first-team sessions have proven him worthy of a national team call-up.”
Kimbrough has been selected to join the U16 youth national team – two age groups above his birthyear. The 13-year-old has become accustomed to playing with older players in his first-team training regimen with Republic FC, while logging game minutes with the club’s U15 and U17 squads in league play.
He is the third member of Republic FC’s first-team selected to a national program this season following Luther Archimède and Zeiko Lewis, each selected earlier this year by Guadeloupe and Bermuda, respectively. The Woodland native signed his first professional contract with Republic FC on August 8, and this past weekend was included the in the club’s matchday squad for the first time as Republic FC took a 1-0 victory against El Paso Locomotive FC.
Kimbrough joined Republic FC’s development academy at age 11 to play in an older age group, scoring 61 goals in 81 appearances across two seasons from 2021-2023 with the club’s U13, U14, and U15 teams.