He has just finished high school, but Axel Key made his debut for Real Monarchs last night. At 13 years and 282 days, he became the youngest athlete to compete in an American professional sport.
What did you do when you were 13?
Axel Key made his professional debut in the second division of American football last night.
The attacker was allowed to fill the hour for Real Monarchs, the second team of the first division Real Salt Lake.
With his 13 years and 282 days, Kay made history. He became not only the youngest professional footballer in the United States, but also the youngest athlete Dowd Court.
However, he is not the youngest professional footballer in the world. In 2009, at the age of 12, Mauricio Baldiviso joined Bolivia’s first division club, Aurora. At the time, his father was the team’s coach.
Key’s story is reminiscent of Freddie Adu’s infamous life. Known as the “new Pele”, Forward made his MLS debut at the age of 14 and immediately signed a lucrative deal with Nike.
However, skyscraper expectations were not met. At first he went to Benfica, the leading American Portuguese club, but then his path went mainly through obscure European clubs. The 32-year-old goat is currently without an employer.
I hope Kee’s things get better.
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