Real Salt Lake’s 14-year-old Axel Kei surpasses Freddy Adu’s mark as MLS’s youngest signing


Real Salt Lake have signed 14-year-old Axel Kei to a local contract, making him the youngest signing in Major League Soccer history.

At 14 years and 15 days, Kei is 153 days younger than Freddy Adu when he signed with DC United after being selected for the MLS SuperDraft in 2004. The contract is for two years.

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« Over the past year, Axel has proven to be one of the top offensive prospects in the country, » Real Salt Lake general manager Elliot Fall said in a statement.

“His propensity in front of goal is well beyond his years, and coupled with his elite athleticism, he projects to become a scoring force in our league in years to come. »

Kei was born in Ivory Coast before moving to Brazil, where his father played football professionally. The family moved to San Diego in 2017, where Kei played for a youth club associated with the LA Galaxy.

In October, Kei came off the bench for the Real Monarchs in a USL championship game, becoming what is believed to be the youngest athlete to ever make an appearance in American team sports history. .

It’s unclear how quickly Kei will consider the first team’s plans. Kei is the fifth RSL Academy product to sign with the club this week.

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