By Russell Stiger Jr. | OBSERVER Staff
If you didn’t already know Da’vian Kimbrough was 13, you couldn’t tell as he made history Sunday afternoon at Heart Health Park.
The 5-11 forward looked calm, cool and collected as he entered in the 87th minute and, at 13 years 7 months and 13 days, became the youngest professional soccer player in United States history.
Da’Vian, who signed more than a month ago after developing in the Sacramento Republic Academy, looked the part as he took the pitch in Republic FC’s 2-0 victory over Las Vegas. His link-up play was decisive and precise in the few moments he had on the ball.
With a thriving youth program, Republic FC are making it a point to develop local talent and Sacramento’s soccer culture.
Axel Kei, who was 13 years, 9 months and 9 days when he signed with the Real Monarchs in 2021, had held the record.
Republic FC won on the strength of two second-half goals, one from forward Luther Archimede in the 74th minute. They have one more home game Saturday, Oct. 14, against Miami FC before the playoffs start.