Axel Kei thumbs up

If you're good enough, you're old enough. And MLS has plenty of talent for which that aphorism rings true.

Following Real Salt Lake's signing of forward Axel Kei to a homegrown player contract, there's a new record-holder atop the list of MLS' youngest-ever signings. Kei has signed at 14 years and 15 days old.

Kei breaks the previous mark of former teenage sensation Freddy Adu, who signed his first contract at 14 years and 168 days old in 2004.

Below is the list of how old each player was on the day they signed their MLS contract.

The 10 youngest players signed in MLS all-time
Player (club)
Age when signed
Year signed
Axel Kei (Real Salt Lake)
14 years, 15 days
2022
Freddy Adu (D.C. United)
14 years, 168 days
2004
Emmanuel Ochoa (San Jose Earthquakes)
14 years, 191 days
2019
Christian McFarlane (NYCFC)
14 years, 234 days
2021
Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire)
14 years, 297 days
2019
Bento Estrela (New York Red Bulls)
14 years, 364 days
2021
Joe Scally (NYCFC)
15 years, 83 days
2018
Gianluca Busio (Sporting KC)
15 years, 89 days
2017
Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes)
15 years, 102 days
2019
Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC)
15 years, 130 days
2007