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.