Actual Salt Lake prodigy Axel Kei, 14, breaks Freddy Adu’s document as youngest MLS signing

Axel Kei has turn out to be the youngest participant in MLS historical past after signing with Actual Salt Lake as a Homegrown Participant on Friday.

Kei has signed his first professional contract at simply 14 years and 15 days outdated, surpassing an 18-year document held by Freddy Adu, who signed with D.C. United in 2004 at age 14 years, 168 days.

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Again in October, Kei appeared for RSL’s reserve crew, Actual Monarchs, within the USL at simply 13 years, eight months and 9 days outdated, making historical past because the youngest skilled athlete in American crew sports activities historical past.

Kei’s profession to date

Born within the Ivory Coast, Kei was raised in Brazil the place his father performed professionally.

{The teenager}’s household relocated to San Diego in 2017, the place he initially performed for the LA Galaxy’s San Diego Youth Soccer Membership.

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Final summer time, Kei helped lead RSL Academy’s Below-15 crew to the primary MLS Subsequent Cup Championship, profitable the event’s Golden Boot by scoring 5 objectives in as many video games.

Since then, Kei has primarily performed with the membership’s U17s, the place he has scored six objectives in six video games.

He has now signed his first skilled cope with RSL, committing his future to the membership with a two-year contract.

How does RSL view Kei?

“During the last yr Axel has confirmed to be one of many high attacking prospects within the nation,” stated RSL normal supervisor Elliot Fall.

“His propensity in entrance of purpose is properly past his years, and paired along with his elite athleticism, he initiatives to turn out to be a goal-scoring drive in our league within the years to return.”

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