Axel Kei, 14, miraculous Real Salt Lake miraculously breaks Freddy Ada’s record for the youngest MLS contract

Axel Kei became the youngest player in MLS history after signing a contract with Real Salt Lake as a home player on Friday.

Kei signed his first professional contract in just 14 years and 15 days, breaking the 18-year record of Freddy Ada, which he signed with DC United in 2004 at the age of 14 years and 168 days.

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In October, Kei appeared on behalf of the RSL reserve team, Real Monarchs, at USL at just 13 years, 8 months and 9 days, making history as the youngest professional athlete in the history of American team sports.

Kei’s career so far

Kei was born in Ivory Coast and grew up in Brazil, where his father played professionally.

The teenager’s family moved to San Diego in 2017, where he initially played for the San Diego Youth Soccer Club in LA Galaxy.

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Last summer, Kei helped lead the RSL Academy to the first MLS Next Cup under the age of 15 and won the Golden Football Tournament, scoring five goals in so many matches.

Since then, Kei has mainly played for the club U17, where he scored six goals in six matches.

He has now signed his first professional contract with RSL and committed his future to the club with a two-year contract.

How does RSL view Kei?

“Axel has proven to be one of the best strikers in the country over the past year,” said RSL General Manager Elliot Fall.

“His inclination to the goal is far beyond his years and in conjunction with his elite athletics, he wants it to become a shooting force in our league in the years to come.”

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