Who is the record-setting USL Championship player Da’vian Kimbrough?

Every year, we see many young players on the football field playing alongside the veterans. Players like Pedri, Gavi, and Lamine Yamal came into the public eye in their teens. Sacramento Republic FC’s Da’vian Kimbrough has now added his name to the list of the most exciting youngsters in the world.

The American set a record in his debut match that earned him the spotlight. He is receiving a lot of affection from all across the globe, and he must be loving his newfound stardom.

Da’vian Kimbrough creates a record in his debut

Sacramento Republic FC faced Las Vegas Lights FC on October 2 in the USL Championship Round 1. Players Luther Archimede and Keko Gonatan made it to the scoresheet. The duo was receiving a lot of cheers, but the public’s attention shifted when a young boy of 13 tiptoed onto the field.

Da’vian Kimbrough made his debut on October 2, setting the record to be the youngest player ever to make his professional debut. The player is only 13 years, 7 months, and 13 days old. He came in as a substitute in the 87th minute for Spanish attacking midfielder Keko Guntan.

A video posted on USMNT’s official Twitter account shows the fans cheering for Da’vian, giving him a massive confidence boost. Another video features him and his coach, Mark Briggs, standing beside the young boy, giving him some last-minute advice.

Youngest ever pro soccer player

Born on February 18, 2010, in Woodland, California, Da’vian Kimbrough is an American football player who currently plays for Sacramento Republic FC. On August 8, 2023, Da’vian signed his first professional contract. The player was only 13 years, 5 months, and 13 days old at the moment, making him the youngest ever soccer athlete in the world.

Da'vian Kimbrough
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Before coming to Sacramento, the player used to play for North Bay Elite FC and Woodland FC. He has African and Mexican roots, as the player’s father is from Africa and his mother is from Mexico. This gives Da’vian the freedom to play for either of the countries. He was invited to a United States identification camp for 2008 and 2009-born players and was also called up to a training camp with the Mexico U16.

Da’vian Kimbrough’s debut may not be a flashy one, as the player did not score a goal or provide an assist, but his appearance has impressed every football fan in the world. All that is left to see is what he does in the future and whether or not we will see him playing in the big leagues.


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