Actual Salt Lake have signed 14-year-old Axel Kei to a homegrown contract, making him the youngest signing in Main League Soccer historical past.
At 14 years, 15 days, Kei is 153 days youthful than Freddy Adu when he signed with DC United after being chosen within the MLS SuperDraft in 2004. The contract is for 2 years.
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“Over the past yr Axel has confirmed to be one of many prime attacking prospects within the nation,” Actual Salt Lake common supervisor Elliot Fall stated in a press release.
“His propensity in entrance of aim is nicely past his years, and matched together with his elite athleticism, he tasks to develop into a goal-scoring drive in our league within the years to come back.”
14 years and 15 days previous.
We have got the youngest Homegrown in @MLS historical past.
— Actual Salt Lake (@realsaltlake) January 14, 2022
Kei was born within the Ivory Coast earlier than shifting to Brazil, the place his father performed soccer professionally. The household moved to San Diego in 2017, the place Kei performed for a youth membership related to the LA Galaxy.
In October, Kei got here off the bench for Actual Monarchs in a USL Championship match changing into what’s believed to be the youngest athlete to ever make an look in American workforce sports activities historical past.
It’s unclear how shortly Kei will issue into the primary workforce’s plans. Kei is the fifth RSL Academy product to signal with the membership this week.