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The thirteen-year-old (!) Striker is making history with his debut in the United States

Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 8:07 p.m.
Dominic MostardLast update: 20:09

Axel Kee made history Friday night at the U.S. Second Tier USL Championship. Thirteen-year-old (!) Striker made his debut as an alternative to Real Monarchs from Utah in the game against the Colorado Springs switchback. He became the youngest professional athlete in an American sport.

An hour later Kee replaced his gateway with American international Bobby Wood, who is twice his age. The youngest substitute, at exactly 13 years, 9 months and 9 days at the time of his debut, had the opportunity to score the only goal of the game five minutes before the end. However, the Colorado Springs defender put an end to it, leaving it 0-0 at Herriman in Utah.

Kay was born in Ivory Coast, but when his family was young in California he now plays on the youth teams of the Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake; Real Monarchs are the club’s reserve team. In February 2019 he was invited to the American Youth Training Camp. In the summer he gave his team the highest score in the MLS next trophy for teams under 15. Despite his age, Kay is already 1.85 meters tall.


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