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Republic FC’s Da’vian Kimbrough becomes youngest player in USL Championship history

By Staff, 10/01/23, 9:28PM EDT


Sacramento native comes on as substitute aged 13 years, 7 months, 13 days old in victory vs. Las Vegas Lights FC

Sacramento Republic FC's Da'vian Kimbrough enters the game to become the youngest player in the USL Championship's history aged 13 years, 7 months and 13 days old. | Photo courtesy Sacramento Republic FC

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC made history on Sunday evening as Da’vian Kimbrough became the youngest player to appear in a USL Championship contest as the side hosted Las Vegas Lights FC at Heart Health Park.

Kimbrough came on as an 87th-minute substitute aged 13 years, 7 months and 13 days as Republic FC closed out a 2-0 victory against Lights FC. His appearance broke the previous record held by Axel Kei of Real Monarchs SLC, who made his USL Championship debut aged 13 months, 9 months, and 9 days on October 8, 2021 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.

A member of Republic FC’s development academy, Kimbrough signed professional terms with the club earlier this summer as he became the professional athlete in American team sports history aged 13 years, 5 months, 13 days old.

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