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Da’vian Kimbrough. Does the name ring a bell?
We’re talking about a soccer player who has just signed a contract to play for Sacramento Republic FC, a second division (USL) club in North America.
So far, it’s nothing to write home about.
But what’s fascinating (to keep it polite) is that the young man is only 13 years old. And yet, under the terms of his new contract, he was allowed to line up for a pro club.
13-year-old footballer Da’vian Kimbrough has become the youngest pro athlete in American team sports history after signing a deal with Sacramento Republic FC, the club announced. 🌟 pic.twitter.com/B0K8w4jlMc
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 10, 2023
In the NHL, such a contract would have been illegal, since it takes 18 years to play in the league. But obviously, the United Soccer League doesn’t have the same restrictions. And I don’t understand why.
I understand that it’s not MLS and that it’s not the best league on the continent, but still: a 13-year-old kid has the right to play in the league under Messi.
We’re talking about a men’s league. At 13, there’s no way this guy is developed enough to hold his own, in my eyes, in a league with pro players.
Kimbrough is 13 years old and 5’11. I don’t know him, but let me assume that his puberty process isn’t exactly over either – far from it.
I understand that the young man is a prolific goal scorer, but he’s played against guys a little older than him. This will be a completely different challenge, clearly.
DA’VIAN KIMBROUGH, PRO CONTRACT AT 13.
Sacramento’s USL Championship team, Republic FC, has signed the youngest professional athlete in North America. At 13 years, 5 months and 13 days, Kimbrough becomes eligible for the first team.
American binational and… pic.twitter.com/UCt8x90aPI
– Nilton Jorge (@NiltonJorge) August 8, 2023
There’s a saying in the sports world that a prospect can’t spend too much time in junior (or college or the minors, whatever), but graduating too quickly can hurt.
Let’s hope for the kid ‘s sake that’s not the case. That said, I wish him every success, since what he’s accomplished is extraordinary from his point of view, of course.
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After the reliever’s comments, one has to wonder if this was done intentionally. https://t.co/rJMyr8dve9
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) August 10, 2023
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